Better Business Burro reports that Denny's restaurant at Linda Mar and Highway 1 is closed, and the sign is down. This closing had been rumored for some time. So what's next for that space? Click the COMMENTS link below to submit your wish list. And apparently Applebee's is on the way in. Yikes. Time for locally owned and operated restaurants to step it up. Fight fast-food and chain restaurants. EAT LOCAL!
Looking for another way to say we care with flowers, we visited Shelldance Orchid Gardens, just off Highway 1 north of the police station. We saw many beautiful, affordable orchids, as well as some select artisan crafts. We couldn't decide between three small succulents and a bromeliad. In the end, we were treated to a custom gift creation by Michele Coxon, one of the knowledgeable helpers at the greenhouse. Open weekends 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Shelldance is now my go-to for beautiful plants!
PERFECT POUR 188 Clarendon Road at Francisco, Sharp Park, Pacifica, phone 650-355-POUR (7687). At the website is a full menu. Hours of operation 5:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. We have been open for a year and four months. I am the owner (Haley McKee, 23-year-old Pacifican, San Francisco State University student). We specialize in coffee, as well as breakfast, lunch, pastries, smoothies, and more.
Better Business Burro reports that The Little Castle at 85 Clarendon Street in West Sharp Park went up for foreclosure sale November 6 at the courthouse steps in Redwood City. Debt owed was $1,759,655.57 and the bid the lender wanted was $866,913.93. Some deep-pockets investor purchased the property for $1,300,000 all cash. This is the property rumored to have been purchased by Barry Zito.
Better Business Burro reports that a sign on the Dollar Store at Linda Mar shopping center announces the space is temporarily closed but will reopen soon as a consignment store.
BBB also reports that Sprouts Farmers Market (a chain similar to Whole Foods and New Leaf) will open January 7 at the old Circuit City store location on Gellert across from Serramonte Plaza in Daly City.
Surfers and beach visitors parking in the Pedro Point Shopping Center lot take away revenue from businesses in the shopping center.
Every afternoon and weekend, the parking lot is so full of beachgoers that customers of the businesses in the shopping center cannot park. I have seen many people drive in and then leave and go to Linda Mar Shopping Center.
Possibly the city can work with shopping center property owners and leasing representatives to figure out another place for beachgoers to park. Maybe the city can talk to Caltrans about using the Linda Mar park-and-ride lot. Please look into letting cars park on the two vacant lots in front of the shopping center.
According to Canadian developer Sonora Shores* (say what?), Pacifica's scruffy surfer overlook Roberts Road (between Fassler and Crespi) is to become home to something mysteriously branded as Harmony Estates. How's that grab ya?
*Note to the geographically challenged: Sonora is 145 miles east of Pacifica and not on the shores of any body of water that we know of.
How about the city taking over this gateway property and opening a proper visitor center with its own parking lot and offering tourist information, beach parking passes, trail guides, bike and surfboard and kayak rentals, maps to the stars' homes. So many possibilities. Take a hint from Half Moon Bay, Princeton, Monterey. Come on, Jim Heldberg, how about moving those Segways up to the highway!
"Fresh & Easy is back, and purportedly better than ever. The small-format grocery chain, bought out by Southern California supermarket magnate Ron Burkle, began a big reintroduction campaign this week, highlighting 'affordable organics,' 'gourmet' made-on-the-premises takeout, no artificial flavors or coloring and everything fresh as can be. Burkle's Yucaipa Cos. took 167 Fresh & Easy stores off Tesco's hands in September -- the British supermarket chain lost $1.8 billion on the venture -- and closed 40-odd stores...Despite reports to the contrary, the Fresh & Easy name survives. 'We set out to make our stores and our brand fresher, easier and more relevant to modern consumers who are looking for healthy, convenient options,' said Mike Evans, the chain's head of marketing." (business columnist Andrew S. Ross, San Francisco Chronicle, June 20)