The beleaguered owner of a struggling restaurant and nightclub on the outskirts of San Luis Obispo said Monday he is removing furniture and fixtures from his business and looking for a place to store them as he prepares to vacate the premises.
“I’m getting everything out. The writing is on the wall,” said Andrew Adams, owner-operator of The Clubhouse at This Old House on Foothill Boulevard. The business closed in January.
A Saturday concert in Los Osos, intended to raise money and support, failed to break even, Adams said.
“I haven’t counted (the money, but) I’ll be lucky if I break even,” he said. “It wasn’t a wild success in that manner.”
As a musical event, however, it was “spectacular” and “amazing,” he said. “I got an opportunity to bring music to the community.”
San Luis Trust Bank, which has a $1.8 million lien on the property, still intends to auction it off Friday, Adams added.
If the week proceeds as Adams envisions, it will be the end of his four-year run at the restaurant, and it would leave his neighbors with the quiet they have long sought.
Some residents of nearby streets have accused Adams of playing music that they thought was too loud, playing it beyond his legal hours, and being intransigent when they complained.
Adams has said he tried to work with the neighbors and spent tens of thousands of dollars trying to noise-proof the business.
At the neighbors’ urging, the county’s code enforcement apparatus got involved and set forth conditions that Adams was expected to meet. A Planning Commission hearing about that last week was postponed.
Adams said he had widespread community support.
“It boggles my mind that a few people in the neighborhood can get to decide what the whole community can have,” he said.
Adams also owes county property taxes and state taxes. Falling behind on the latter led the state Alcoholic Beverage Control agency to suspend his liquor license in January.