Sutro Heights Diner Tries to Stay Alive

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The Hontalas family wants a long-term lease.
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Saving Louis': We all say we love family-owned businesses right? Here's our chance to support one that seems in trouble of disappearing. Louis' restaurant ― the place on Point Lobos up the hill from the Cliff House, overlooking the ruins of Sutro Baths. It's been owned by the Hontalas family since the 1930s. And it's at risk of going under.

Turns out the owners need to make upgrades to reach code compliance, except the National Park Service, which owns the site, has only granted it one-year leases. Louis' wants to secure a long-term lease before coughing up cash for improvements (the last were done in 1975), but the Park Service says it has to bid out long-term leases, something the Hontalas family might not win.

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Louis' corner booth.
​Here's the family's Facebook plea for help:
We want to show our landlord just how much support we have, just how much Louis' has played a part in your life, and just how much a San Francisco tradition should be allowed to remain. As a past employee or friend of Louis' we ask that you share your support of our family tradition. Let us know why you think Louis' should continue in its current location and why the restaurant just wouldn't be the same without the Hontalas family. Photos are definitely welcome.

See the building log of reminiscences here. There's a petition you can sign, and some sort of rally party planned for April 17. With free hot dogs. I know, right?

(Thanks to the Richmond District Blog and the Inside the Outside Lands blog.)

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