#Neighborhood Living
Lee Andrew Rotsheck at Pacific Sotheby's International Reality
United States of America

El Callejon is an Encinitas institution that has been in business for over 22 years, but is being forced to leave town — with no explanation — by a new property owner. Many of the employees of this family-owned business have depended on this restaurant to support their families for nearly a quarter century.

According to a recent article published by The Coast News:

El Callejon has served Mexican food and margaritas to three generations of Encinitas patrons from its tropical-blue colored venue and courtyard in the Moonlight Plaza at the corner of Encinitas Boulevard and Coast Highway 101. On Jan. 30, the good times will come to an end. El Callejon is leaving its prime location in downtown after being forced to relocate by the property owner. ... Recently, however, the heirs of the previous property owners abruptly told Jourdain that they would be moving in a different direction and that the restaurant was out.

Jourdain said the property owners... would not give him a reason for the decision, despite numerous attempts to work out an amicable solution. He said he attempted to work through the property management company before attempting to contact one of the family members directly, to no avail ... Jourdain said he offered to pay six months of rent in advance “to smooth things out.” But the owners, through the plaza manager, refused the offer. When he attempted to contact the family member, he said he received a call from the property manager who said the family would not speak to him. “I asked him, ‘they are not willing to give me five minutes after 22 years?'” Jourdain said. “And he said, ‘Yes, the decision is final.’"

This is wrong. Maybe if the community rallies it can be stopped. There are employees who have been at El Callejon for 20+ years that depend on regulars (like myself) to pay their bills and keep a roof over their families' heads...

They've had little to no notice that this was happening.


We ask the property owner to reconsider the decision.

Please support the tenant who is a long-time, loyal tenant supported by many in the community.

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The SAVE EL CALLEJON petition to Lee Andrew Rotsheck at Pacific Sotheby's International Reality was written by joshua hunter and is in the category Neighborhood Living at GoPetition.