Thursday, February 22nd, 2007 at 7:07 pm in Uncategorized.
Though no one’s been around the place for a decade, the old and long-ago-closed Castaway restaurant at Coyote Point (pictured here) is finally getting its official eviction notice from San Mateo County. Late, as they say, is better than never.
The sad saga of the Castaway, which was, for decades, an iconic restaurant and banquet hall with sweeping views along the San Francisco Bay, opened in 1964. According to the county, the tenants, the Coyote Restaurant Corporation, stopped using the premises as a restaurant in 1997, when it was closed for remodeling. Sporadic discussions with the county’s Planning Commission about how to refurbish it never went anywhere. They have not paid their $800-per-month rent since July.
Those facts, the county says, “lead to a belief that the tenant has abandoned the premises. Efforts to negotiate an agreement to terminate the lease have not been productive.”
On Jan. 3, the county sent the corporation a “Notice of Belief of Abandonment,” which told them that the property would be deemed abandoned unless the county received a response demonstrating otherwise by Jan. 24. The corporation didn’t respond in time, but an attorney for the corporation sent a letter dated Jan. 25 indicating that the tenant would deliver a revised draft of the county’s proposed agreement to terminate the lease. The draft never surfaced and the county finally drew the line.
The Board of Supervisors will vote Tuesday to officially give the restaurant the boot.
“The previous use of the park premises as a restaurant is not consistent with the anticipated long-term use of Coyote Point Park,” reads a memo from Steve Alms, the manager of the county’s Real Property Division. “Termination of the lease will facilitate demolition of the improvements, exploration of more significant revenue-producing opportunities and expanded public access to the park.”
The county Parks Department is spending about $300 to $500 a month to secure the abandoned premises. According to the memo, the eviction does not prevent the county from pursuing past rent due and damages, “but the tenant maintains that it has no assets, from which to meet such demands.”
Rumors have swirled that the county has explored the idea of putting a performing arts center in the Castaway’s place.