The days of Mission Beach Cafe look to be numbered as owner Bill Clarke has been served an eviction notice. It's the latest development in what's already been a troubled year for the 12-year-old restaurant, which remains a popular brunch spot in the Guerrero and 14th Street environs.
Mission Beach Cafe remains operational today, but building owner Erich Pearson — who also owns the SPARC cannabis dispensary — has filed to evict the restaurant. He issued a statement Thursday, obtained by SFist, saying, "Unfortunately, the owner of Mission Beach Cafe has consistently failed to pay his water and garbage bills and has also stopped paying rent." He adds, "My heart goes out to the talented staff who have been mistreated over the years as well as the community who loved this cafe. Our goal is to identify a responsible tenant as quickly as possible to operate a new community-serving cafe."
The restaurant was closed briefly in January, as Hoodline reported, following a Health Department inspection that found a "severe rodent infestation." The restaurant reopened, but it has continued to be dogged by inspectors, with the Health Department filing to revoke Mission Beach Cafe's license to operate a restaurant. Clarke filed an appeal in March, and it's unclear where that situation stands. Business can't have been helped by the fact that Yelp's current practice is to display a pop-up warning on all restaurants' pages that have had low scores from the Health Department. Yelp also has a page devoted to Mission Beach Cafe's inspection history.
In May, Clarke posted to the restaurant's Facebook page that he was discontinuing the use of the Yelp's 'No Wait' waitlist system, which likely involved having to pay extra fees to Yelp.
Stay tuned as this situation unfolds, and Clarke may attempt to avert this eviction.