Boathouse Collective, a former private event space operated under the same name, will reopen as a multimedia venue showcasing flavorful foods, creative cocktails, art shows, music performances and special events in westside Costa Mesa. Boathouse Collective will serve lunch and happy hour as well as dinner service and Sunday brunch.
Founder, artist and visionary behind the Boathouse Collective, Clayton Peterson, a native of Costa Mesa and Newport Beach, recently rebuilt the space using all reclaimed materials and vintage objects, and bringing the space to code for full service restaurant dining. The design maintains the building’s historical and rustic character while creating an artistic and creative aesthetic that fits the industrial westside Costa Mesa neighborhood.
Boathouse Collective will serve a mostly family-style menu created by Executive Chef Mathieu Royer, who earned his culinary credentials at Pizzeria Ortica, Hinoki and the Bird in Century City, and Morimoto in Napa Valley. Designed to be as unpretentious and approachable as the space in which it is served, Chef Royer’s menu emphasizes locally-sourced, organic and seasonal ingredients combined with inspiration from his global travels and training under master sushi chef Gen Mizoguchi. Sample dishes sure to please vegetarians and carnivores alike include chicken katsu with Asian bar-be-que and hot mustard sauces, Kalbi short rib with chimichurri, fresh market sashimi with inspired accompaniment, roasted vegetable tacos, and a fresh garden burger or grass-fed burger.
The full bar will serve classic cocktails and those enhanced by a modern twist, all crafted with housemade ingredients and herbs from the outdoor garden whenever possible. Also available is a selection of foreign and domestic wines, and twelve craft beers from the best local and national breweries served on tap from a vintage factory steam pipe, which demonstrates the goal of incorporating as many reclaimed elements into the new design as possible.
“My objective with the Boathouse Collective is to create a space that fosters inspiration and fresh ideas, which will be felt through the cuisine, the events, and the general feeling you get just by spending time in the space,” said Clayton Peterson, founder and operator of Boathouse Collective. “With creativity at the root of the Boathouse Collective, we anticipate that its purpose will slowly evolve and we’re excited to see the organic growth continue, as it has over the last 10 years.”
Curated by Peterson and a hand-selected steering committee, Boathouse Collective will highlight a rotating mix of elevated and emerging musical and artistic talent on its stage and on its walls. Additionally, locals can expect a series of one-off and culinary events including guest chef dinners in the coming weeks and months ahead.
The interior features communal, high-top and bar seating, and decorative objects that point to the history of the building and area. Nautical décor is a nod to the boat-building company Ditmar-Donaldson who hand-crafted wooden ships here during the golden age of Costa Mesa’s nautical industry. The ceiling is adorned with classic surfboards paying homage to the legendary surfboard shapers of the area, from Peter Schroff to Hobie Alter. The concrete and wood-beam floor has remnants of stickers from collaborative projects Peterson had with his friends at Volcom (NASDAQ: VLCM) from 2005 to 2006 including art shows, movie premieres, and the company’s inaugural annual meeting after Volcom went public in 2005.
“The Boathouse Collective holds a special place in our hearts at Volcom,” said Richard Wolcott, Co-founder of Volcom. “So much history and magic has taken place in that building and we’re thrilled to see Clay and his team evolving this space into a one-of-a-kind establishment for the community.”
Bordered by old 40-foot shipping containers painted with graphic swatches of color, the “Boathouse Container Garden” is a 3,000-square-foot outdoor patio space and herb garden with seating for 60 guests at communal tables and tables for four with soft seating. All tables, wooden seating and planters were designed and hand-constructed by Peterson and a team of people who were passionate about creating this innovative and artistic space. The patio is covered with upcycled sails to provide shade during the day and is lit by overhead ambient café lighting at night.
Boathouse Collective is located at 1640 Pomona Avenue in Costa Mesa between 16th Street and 17th Street. It is a 3,000-square-foot barn-like, post-and-beam structure that seats 60 guests indoors plus 20 more guests at the bar, and an additional 60 guests outdoors.
For private events and cocktail receptions, the space accommodates approximately 350 people. To inquire about renting the space for private events please contact Marta at Marta@boathousecollective.com