PACIFIC PALISADES—Gladstones located in Pacific Palisades will be leaving after being in operation for more than 40 years, as they will not renew their lease beyond 2017. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors are looking to put a new restaurant in its place. They voted on Tuesday, August 9 to urge state officials to allow a 40-year lease of the site. According to reports, the state currently owns the title to the land at Pacific Coast Highway and Sunset Bouebard and the current concession agreements are a maximum of 20 years.
Los Angeles County Supervisor Shelia Kuehl indicated the following statement in a motion that was presented to the board on Tuesday: “Because the existing facility is seriously deteriorated and outdated, the department desires the successful bidder to construct an entirely new facility, which the department believes will require an agreement term of 40 or so years.” Her motion was unanimously approved.
The Department of Beaches and Harbors operates Will Rodgers State Beach, where Gladstones is located. The department has requested for the title to be transferred, but that request has been declined by state authorities. The Gladstones agreement with the county Department of Beaches and Harbors will expire in October 2017. The restaurant has been in existence since 1972.
LA Eater spoke to a spokesperson for the County of Los Angeles who clarified via email that, “The County is obligated to allow an open, competitive opportunity for a new lease. ANY operator — including the Gladstone’s group — may compete for the new lease. The County had worked with Gladstone’s to assure that it may remain in business throughout this process, despite the eatery’s declining revenue.”