Iconic San Francisco restaurant Cliff House, which is a concessioner at the National Park Service's oft-visited Golden Gate Park, defied the government shutdown yesterday by re-opening for business despite the Park Service closure. But today, owners Dan and Mary Hountalas say the restaurant was forced to close yet-again "due to a mandate by the Federal Government," and must remain closed as long as the National Park Service is out of commission.
The Hountalas — who note that the Cliff House is "a privately owned business that does not depend on any tax dollars" — announced in a press release that the forced closure affects 170 now-furloughed employees, and that the restaurant is incurring losses of $10,000 per day during the temporary shutter. The restaurant is uncertain as to when it can reopen, and in a Facebook announcement, say it's "unable to accept reservations through Monday, October 14."
Meanwhile, other restaurants inside spaces monitored by National Park Service soldier on. Yorkville, Virginia's Carrot Tree, located in a historic home, also defied the forced shutdown and remains open today. Cliff House manager Bob Covacks, tells CBS's Bay Area affiliate that the high-profile restaurant hoped to fly under-the-radar with its attempted re-opening. Go, watch:
Video: Cliff House Closed Again After Attempt To Defy Shutdown
· Cliff House Closes (Again) [Official site]
· Cliff House Closed Again After Attempt To Defy Shutdown [CBS]
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