San Francisco’s Iconic Cliff House at Ocean Beach has closed its doors permanently, at least in this iteration. After two years of negotiating a new lease with the National Park service, the Hontalis family has given up. “Covid was the last straw,” said Mary Hontalis. They had the franchise, “47 and a half years.”
They cited both coronavirus restrictions and their landlord, the federal government, stalling on a long-term lease, as factors in their decision. The Cliff House was not the first of the city’s beloved restaurants to close .
COVID-19 note: the beaches in San Francisco are all open, and now the parking lots at Baker Beach , China Beach and Fort Funston are open, as well as the Langdon Court (Overlook) lot for Marshall Beach and the Hamilton St. lot for Crissy Field. The main lot at Ocean Beach (across from the Beach Chalet) is open.
Many of the buildings throughout the town are said to be haunted . Located at the base of Pikes Peak, the Cliff House hotel has been in operation longer than Colorado has been a state.
Sutro Baths was no longer in operation in 1966, and its swimming days were long behind it. Before its closure to the public in 1964, it had morphed into an ice-skating rink. At the time of the fire, the buildings were in the process of being demolished in anticipation of the development of high-rise apartments and.
On March 14, 1896, the Sutro Baths were opened to the public as the world’s largest indoor swimming pool establishment.