MDR Pier 44 Development Provides Waterfront Places To Eat & Drink
Its problems come when you get back on land. There’s little to do when you turn in that SUP or Jet Ski or get off one of those sightseeing boats. The problem is that there’s no lively place to go afterward to have food and drinks to talk about your adventurous afternoon.
But that may be changing, at least a bit, for the better in the near future with the approval of a Trader Joe’s and waterfront restaurants at Pier 44.
Pier 44 is at Admiralty Way between Fiji Way and Mindanao Way, down from Fisherman’s Village and across from the Ralph’s shopping center. There’s nothing there now from a commercial standpoint, just a couple 60s buildings and a few boats out of the water in a wide parking lot, and it’s not very scenic.
The Trader Joe’s plans call for turning this largely empty area into a pedestrian promenade and surely improving the bike path that runs through it.
Outside seating is planned for the restaurants and Trader Joe’s, tho PubClub.com is not sure if this means you can sit out there with cocktails. Of course, this would be desired and how cool would it be to be able to uncork a bottle of wine or open some beers you just picked up from Trader Joe’s and enjoy while looking out at the marina!?
Of course, having a tiki bar where that El Torito sits now in Fisherman’s Village would do a lot to help this area as a destination, too. MDR is a great bike ride for people from up and down the Los Angeles coastline – Santa Monica to South Bay – but now there’s no cool, lively place for people to stop and have a good meal and a cold drink or two.
Ground-breaking on the Trader Joe’s area is already underway and the project is expected to be completed in time for summer.