I just walked by the Patio. It's a formerly popular Castro restaurant that's been "closed for renovations" for over 5 years. As I walked by I saw the door was open and workmen were standing about wearing toolbelts. I peeked inside and saw the place was totally gutted, but it looked like there was some new construction and lots of new ductwork and sinks and things laying about. I wonder if the owner is finally doing something with it, or if he's doing just enough work to qualify for a tax write-off.
That space really needs to be put back into use. It's unbelievable that such a valuable spot has been left unused for so long. It's a drain on the business environment in the neighborhood. I wonder if the owner is keeping it off the market to keep the prices of his other properties inflated.
If that place opens up again as a restaurant in the next year I'll need someone to pick me up off the floor.