Save the Mom and Pop of Land’s End – Louis’ Diner Faces Closure

Hang on Louis, Louis hang on...

Since the thirties there have only been a couple of alternatives when it came to dining with a view of Land’s End, without spending the pretty pennies it takes at the Cliff House.

One is the VA Hospital Canteen, which, despite its cool name has a menu that is sub par to what most high schools offer-at a veteran’s facility, too! Just shocking.
The view is pretty killer though, if you just want to stick to chocolate milk and Dolly Madison.

The other choice would be Louis’, which still sits, perched high over its former neighbour, the Sutro Baths.  Once part of a car barn complex, the joint out lasted much of its kin by the warmth and relatively low prices offered by the Hontalas family to this day.

Now it would seem, they’ll be rewarded with an eviction notice.  Although set up to prevent high prices and monopolies in parks throughout the country, the park service is offering up their lease in a bid.  Now the Hontalas’ will have to sell the park service on something they already do.

The park service claims their hands are tied, but nonetheless, the town that loves to rally is rallying behind this old time mom and pop.  The Facebook profile is up, calls are being made, but nothing speaks loudest like showing up for sandwich or a cup of mud.

Fort Miley VA Medical Center
4150 Clement Street @ 44th Ave.
[Outer Richmond]

Louis’
902 Point Lobos Avenue
[Sutro Heights/ Outer Richmond]
SF

Photo from Sunset Magazine.

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Stephen Torres - Threadbare-Fact Finder

Stephen's early years were spent in a boxcar overlooking downtown Los Angeles. From there he moved around the state with his family before settling under the warm blanket of smog that covers suburban Southern California. Moving around led to his inabilty to stay in one place for very long, but San Francisco has been reeling him back in with its siren song since 1999. By trade he pours booze, but likes to think he can write and does so occasionally for people like the SF Bay Guardian. He also likes to enoy time spent in old eateries, bars and businesses that, by most standards, would have been condemned a long time ago.

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