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This is the reality of Commercial/Retail leases, the tenant has zero protection. What happened in San Francisco is unfortunately starting in Oakland. Mayor Libby is full of hot air.
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Shameful. Laurel is a family oriented district. Wills should feel proud to now own a building where there's a popular and diverse restaurant, bringing in A mixed culture that includes Nigerian professionals and upwardly mobile students/professionals. Stupid move to replace a money making business known in the community with an iffy start up. Doubt if Laurel families will be frequenting a beer garden.
This is so sad that he is being forced to vacant the premises all for a beer garden I hope he fights the city and I hope the customers and neighborhood right with him.
As cafe strada did to espresso Roma in the early 90s... the landlord's relative saw a thriving business and chose to capitalize on their tenant's entrepreneurial spirit and success by maliciously capitalizing on their own position of power to steal their customer base, ideas and LOCATION.
The most successful business plan is to steal a successfully devised model, and copy it...
I understand this is the way of the world, it still saddens me.
Yummy Guide in Chinatown is also closed down.
Can you find out why?
Chinatown is losing alot of eateries.
Barclays employees were not family oriented. Back in 90's went w/my daughter
To have dinner and had to take my daughter to bathroom, when I returned
found my table given to another customer. We did not ask to pay and had our food on the plate but employee did not care because I was not drinking beer!
Even the two young couple sat in our table did not care. My daughter was 4 at that time. If they can not understand that customers pay for the meal and have the right to enjoy their time being then I am not surprised they don't understand how to negotiate or thinking a way in advance to cure the lease or find a new location.
There is always a good reason to fall. I knew way in the past that this place is not going to last and that does not make me happy, it is just the way it is. It takes a lot to run a successful business. Next is wood tavern restaurant !!
I have never been wrong in my prediction.
Makes me want to move to Oakland!
If every negative can be blamed on Silicon Valley than maybe every good should be too
Healthy lives with new biotech drugs, cleaner sources of energy, better ways to communicate, cars that don't pollute the air, available information in real time, easy ways to buy things and have them delivered to your home, ways to watch the Warriors on the road....
Oh, those are due to Silicon Valley!
The comment about Silicon Valley can be best summed up by the demise of the Twenty Tanks Brewery in San Francisco for which the landlord kicked them out at the peak of the dot com in hopes of higher lease income, and the subsequent crash left the building vacant for years and we lost a pioneering landmark. I don't know the situation here, it wouldn't be the first case of "we can kick them out and make money" that I've seen. In both scenarios it shows that return on investment weighs in over building a community asset. Having said that, real estate is an investment, and it's not a simple matter of calling foul. I don't like it any more than the rest of you, but it's an unfortunate reality.
How about that vacant lot at College and Claremont. With those trees and open space, they could fashion a real beer garden.
Oops, almost forgot...Ye Hut is gone too, at least under current management.
I'm having difficulty understanding the comment about Silicon Valley. Rockridge is rather distant from that and the Pub skews old, like the neighborhood it's in.
Sad but restaurants and bars have come and gone in Rockridge before. Indeed, residents have been rather hostile to them...ask Yoshi's.
Barclay's might do better in a new locale, if they truly do have loyal customers. I can't say that it's likely new folks starting a "new" bar there will be received eagerly. And Barclay's customers can find solace at Ye Hut or George and Walts if they don't follow Barclay's wherever it goes.
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