Bakersfield restaurant La Costa Mariscos moving to historic Ice House building

BAKERSFIELD - La Costa, a popular restaurant in the Mill Creek area is relocating to the historic Ice House building.

After providing decades of service to their customers on 21st Street, the owners decided to relocate to the iconic building at Chester Avenue and 34th Street some months back.

"For the last five years we have seen a tremendous growth, as far as our popularity here in Bakersfield. We were looking for location that's bigger, that could accommodate everybody. We don't like to see people wait for service or turn people away," said Alex Joya, general manager.

Even though parking space on 21st Street is hard to come by during the lunch hour, customers are willing work around the inconvenience.

Ben Domingues and his wife have been frequenting the restaurant. a few times a month for the past 10 years.

"Parking may be a bit of a struggle, but it's worth it. We are looking forward to the new location. The parking is going to make it a lot more convenient," said Domingues.

The Ice House building has a long history dating back to when it was an actual ice house. The building has sat mostly vacant since 2012 when Sizzler lost its lease.

"As sad as we were to see Sizzler go away, we are even more excited to see La Costa move into that building. It's going to be a little more festive, which we enjoy," said  Dominquez.

La Costa's owners plan to be in the building by late July or early August.

"We are going to utilize the historic decor of the building, but add our personal touch to the ambience," said Joya.

Their initial plans include closing the downtown location permanently while they focus on the new location. However, they will consider opening a smaller location in the Mill Creek area.

"When you mix great food with great customer service and the love we have for customers, you can't go wrong," said Joya.

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