A Filippi's Pizza Grotto will open in Imperial Beach by the end of the year, Bob DePhilippis said.
Coronado Brewing Company also considered moving into the 3rd Street and Palm Avenue location following the close of Marisa's Mexican Seafood Grill. Before that it was IB Rockin' and before that Bryan's Landing.
"Hopefully [we will open] by the first week of December, for sure before Christmas," he said. "Imperial Beach is a nice little town. I've got a iot of friends that live there and I look forward to it."
The family-owned business serves pizza, lasagna, spaghetti and other Italian food.
Different family members run different stores. DePhilippis' daughter Michelle, who lives at the nearby Coronado Cays, will manage the restaurant.
The first Filippi's downtown in 1950 as a general store and deli. Today there are more than a dozen Filippi's restaurants primarily in San Diego but also in other parts of California.
Renovations will be made inside and out as the restaurant waits for city permits.
"Getting rid of bar, that was a nightmare. Matter of fact, the place needs a lot of work but we're going to make it look nice," he said.