The article you’re about to read is from our reporters doing their important work — investigating, researching, and writing their stories. We want to provide informative and inspirational stories that connect you to the people, issues and opportunities within our community. Journalism requires lots of resources. Today, our business model has been interrupted by the pandemic; the vast majority of our advertisers’ businesses have been impacted. That’s why the SC Times is now turning to you for financial support. Learn more about our new Insider’s program here. Thank you.

SCSQUARED halfMike and Sue McGeary, San Clemente

 It is with a very heavy heart that we write this note today. After nearly 20 years in business, we find we must close the doors for good, at the end of the month, to our beloved Beach Garden Cafe. It is not due to any downturn in business, health issues, or even a sale that is causing the closure.

Many of you are curious as to what is happening, and I’ll try to give you a brief explanation. The issue is centered around our hood exhaust motor that is located on the outside of our building directly against the wall.

The building owners decided they wanted it moved and told us to find a solution. As you can imagine, we thoroughly researched our options, even enlisting the help of a restaurant design firm to assist us. After looking at city codes, the design firm decided that the only real option was to relocate the motors to the roof, where 99 percent of them are positioned. Sadly, this option was rejected by the building owners. We even explored the option of a ventless type system, but after a thorough vetting process we found this would not work with our operation. So we have come to the end of the road.

We will be fine, but we did want to pass this business along to our two boys, and for that we are truly sad. They had taken a real interest in the café and were hoping to take it to the next level. Their unselfish support of this business was remarkable.

To our wonderful employees, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Your effort, attitude and personalities helped us make the café the roaring success it is today. We will miss working with you on a daily basis, but please remember that you are going out on top.

Many of you have been with us almost the entire time we have owned the café, and we will cherish those memories forever.

Another thank you should go out to The Fisherman’s Restaurant. They have been a great neighbor, always lending us anything we ran out of at the drop of a hat. We also thank them for being great stewards of the Pier Bowl. They are a great asset to our community and it has been fun working with them.

Finally, to our wonderful customers—some who ate there more often than not—to tell you what your support has meant to our family would be a monumental task. When you came to our café to celebrate a birthday or anniversary or brought an out-of-town friend or relative to eat here on your special occasion, we thought we would burst wide open with pride and appreciation. It never got old. We hope the friendships we made last a lifetime.

So, another piece of old San Clemente is going away now, and we have to say goodbye from the little cafe that never forgot your name.

With love, Mike and Sue.

Trustworthy, accurate and reliable local news stories are more important now than ever. Support our newsroom by making a contribution and becoming a subscribing member today.

About The Author Staff

comments (2)

  • Cassano’s is gone now the Beach Garden. Say’s a lot about the owner of this building they were both in. Sad to see these things happen but lousy landlords abound everywhere.

  • Our entire family has enjoyed Sue,Mike and the Beach Garden Cafe’ for many years. We will not patronize whatever takes it’s place.

    Hopefully Sue and Mike will start another Cafe’ in the area.

comments (2)

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>