Mark and Kathy Hartley, owners of the building at 598 E. Main Street and of the restaurant Watermark, have finalized plans to lease the building to the Ortiz family of the reputable El Pescador Restaurants. The family, who owns and runs 24 restaurants, will introduce Limon Y Sal, their new concept for “modern” Mexican food.
The Hartley’s bought the building, which dates back to the 1920s, and transformed it into a classic masterpiece. Throughout the restaurant and rooftop lounge there is a blend of old and new. Three large priceless murals depicting the Camino Real from ‘20s. overlook the dining room. The bank vault dates back to the late twenties and the early thirties. Hartley added the 3rd floor contemporary W2O. Such recording artists as Kevin Costner, Leanne Rimes, Jimmy Messina, and Kenny Loggins have played in the past few years.
“It’s been a fantastic ride!” claims Hartley. “We want to thank our dedicated employees and our loyal customers, many of whom have become friends. We are excited to be able to spend more time with our out-of-town family and focus on our core businesses and philanthropic endeavors.”
Hartley is in the music business and has an office in Ventura and in Nashville. The Hartley’s are owners of the Lavender Inn in Ojai, part owners of the Star Lounge in Ventura, and have other real estate investments.