After 73 years operating Louis’ Diner at the edge of the Pacific Ocean, the Hontalas family is facing possible lease problems with the National Park Service. The venerable (and the word is apt, despite the homey diner feel) restaurant needs maintenance work and upgrades to be in compliance with accessibility laws, but the Hontalas’s naturally don’t want to sink a bunch of money on upgrades while having a year-to-year lease with the National Park Service. Plus, federal law requires the space be put out to bid (a couple of prospects took a tour of the premises on March 24), so the family has to make a strong case to the United States that they’re the best choice to operate the restaurant they’ve been successfully running for seven decades.
Now, I should mention that most of the park service personnel out here who know Louis’ want it to stay with the Hontalas family, but the decision-makers will be a committee formed far from San Francisco. So as the Hontalas family prepares their bid for a multi-year lease, they could use your help and support:
1. Email a story, memory or even just a sentence of support to:
2. Mail a story, memory or even just a sentence of support to:
Louis’ Restaurant, 902 Point Lobos Road, San Francisco, CA 94121
3. Sign their online petition:
4. Visit the restaurant and sign their petition.
5. Invite friends for a community event at Louis’ on April 17th from 10am–2pm. (Free hot dogs!)
Louis’ is a hit with tourists, but it draws lots of San Franciscans, neighborhood folks… Help keep it a family restaurant and an SF tradition.