Teatro ZinZanni (motto “Love, Chaos, Dinner”) is coming our way. After several years of popular dinner theater in a large antique circus tent pitched on Pier 27, TZ was booted out to make room for the America’s Cup, and the new cruise terminal.
The new plans are for a 180-room hotel and dinner theater at Broadway and the Embarcadero on a triangular Port parcel now used as a parking lot. The Port will lease the land to TZ and its developer Kenwood Investments for 66 years. The proposed structure will fit within the existing 40-foot height limit (plus rooftop fixtures). The current plan is for a red brick structure, enclosing the theater tent in a clear glass cylinder.
The building will include a restaurant at the corner of Broadway and the Embarcadero, with some outdoor seating. There will be no on-site parking. A small privately-maintained triangular park will occupy the northern end of the site.
The Golden Gateway Tenants Association and the Barbary Coast Neighborhood Association have attended multiple community information meetings, and have consistently expressed support for the project to City officials. The permit process is moving slowly along. Construction is expected to begin about 2019.