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Pre-Plywood Report: Peruvian Mega-Eatery Part of Most Expensive Lease in Six Years

The long-rumored arrival of La Mar Cebicheria Peruana has been made official, as the lease was signed earlier this week. Coming from Peru's biggest celebrity chef, Gaston Acurio (pictured), the first American branch of La Mar Cebichería Peruana (there are also locations in Lima and Mexico City) will occupy 11,000 square feet on Pier 1 1/2, 3,000 of which will be on a patio facing the fog bay:

La Mar Cebichería Peruana, scheduled to open in spring of 2008, is styled after the classic Peruvian cebicherías, specializing in seafood with Andean, Asian and Spanish influences...

The lease comes a week after the San Francisco Business Times reported that Bloomberg, the financial news company, had signed a deal for 30,000 square feet at the Piers, representing the most expensive lease in the city in over six years.

The remainder of the pier space will be occupied by a medley of office and retail space. There are "two or three" other restaurants slated to line up next La Mar, but negotiations are ongoing. Though Eater tipsters have heard whispers of an Indian restaurant in one of the spaces, nothing has been reported officially thus far. Stay tuned.
· Piers project reels in Peruvian seafood eatery [SF Business Times]