Past Sausalito Restaurants That Have Closed or Renamed (H-L)
H. Salt Fish and Chips — After being acquired by Ice Cream entrepreneur Michael Lappert the franchise name was dropped and the shop became Fish and Chips of Sausalito, with a Lappert’s Ice Cream counter added. There’s also a separate Lappert’s Ice Cream shop down the street on Bridgeway and Lappert’s products are also sold at COA Chocolate, hence the occasional confusion about “the multiple Lappert’s shops.”
Haultheisen — John Haultheisen ran a restaurant in Sausalito in the late 1800s.
Harbor Grill — Became Saylor’s Landing, and after Sean Saylor consolidated his operations at Saylor’s the building went on to become Sausalito Seahorse. Not to be confused with the completely different building that housed the now-closed Harbor View Grill. You’ll be quizzed on all these terms next Wednesday.
Harbor View Grill — Closed in 2012 after a short run in the old Flynn’s Landing – Cat ‘N’ Fiddle space, now the home where Seafood Peddler relocated from San Rafael when its old home there was sold and became Terrapin Crossroads.
Herb’s — A 1950s bar that preceded the famous No Name Bar in its space on Bridgeway.
Hotel Sausalito Coffee Shop — Since the Hotel Sausalito has been in business for over a century, I guess I don’t really need to tell you where it was, do I? After this spot served as the cocktail lounge for Marco’s Hotel Sausalito in the 1940s the owners apparently decided that Patterson’s Bar and Herb’s Bar (predecessor to The No Name Bar) were too much competition. The elegant cocktail lounge became the Hotel Sausalito Coffee Shop in the late 1940s and 1950s, offering both American and Chinese food. It was replaced by restaurateur Peter Alioto’s Arbordale in 1962. When the 2020 pandemic shut down the Hotel Sausalito and most service at the ferry landing, the most recent tenant Caffe Tutti lost both its hotel referral customers and ferry passengers and closed.
Houlihan’s — A centerpiece of downtown Sausalito from 1980-1998, became Water Street Grille. Upstairs is now Barrel House; downstairs was the now-closed Il Piccolo Caffe. This was one end of the famed “Houlihan’s to Houlihan’s 12K” race that ran between the two restaurants (in San Francisco and Sausalito) from 1984 through 2002. The race continues today as the “Across the Bay 12K” that runs from Fort Baker in Sausalito across the Golden Gate to San Francisco. Less well known were events like the 1980 beer drinking contest judged by the members of Jefferson Starship, a contest whose entrants included a St. Bernard dog. The building is the former home of the Purity Market (see bottom section below). This was one of the most surprising Sausalito restaurants closed after a long run.
Il Piccolo Cafe — This Italian cafe adjacent to Yee Tock Chee Park was involved in a series of squabbles over who could sit at the tables in the free public-shore access areas that they colonized for outdoor seating to take advantage of the fantastic views. Regulators finally posted signs above the patio saying, “Anyone can sit here without buying something and it’s a public space,” with a phone number to report problems to the Bay Area coastal access enforcement office. The restaurant closed in 2016 after a ten-year run.
In the Kitchen — ITK was not by itself a restaurant but this cooking school provided the food for Wellington’s Wine Bar. Both businesses lost their lease when the building they shared was remodeled and became the home of Joinery. ITK moved to Emeryville, and we think that Sausalito should be offered Emeryville’s First Round Draft Pick in next year’s restaurant draft and a wine bat to be named later. Or Emeryville could just give us Pixar and we’d call it a day.
Jan’s — A lunch counter located inside the Rexall Drug Store at the corner of Bridgeway and El Portal in the late 1940’s and the 1950’s. The lunch counter faced through the front window of the store, so you could sit there and watch the world go by and enjoy what we now call Vina Del Mar Park, It was a popular meeting spot, and the standard meal was fresh salad, casserole of the day and a dessert. Jan’s was dressed up to appear in a scene in the 1949 noir movie Impact, starring Brian Donlevy.
Kench’s Restaurant — It may surprise you to know that 125 years ago Sausalito was already known for having fine European style restaurants. Located on Caledonia St., in the late 1880s and early 1890s, Kench’s was the successor to the highly respected Madame Rety’s French Restaurant, starting in 1887. Kench’s Restaurant closed in about 1895, and the structure was demolished in 1921.
Latitude 38 — In the early 1970’s this was an eating and drinking place in the old Village Fair shopping complex. I barely remember the place and I think I only went there once when I was young — anyone have any more than that to share with us?
Lito Coffee Shop and Ice Cream Parlor — This shop operated at 721 Bridgeway . now the site of The Burlwood Gallery in the early 1960s. It was succeeded by Patty’s Restaurant in about 1970.
Louano — Joseph Louano ran a bar in Sausalito in the late 1800s. If you read through this whole list you’ll see that Sausalito had a lot of bars in the late 1800s!
Louie’s Deli — Popular deli in the Marinship area next door to Avatar’s, closed during the Covid pandemic shutdown of 2020 after the unexpected death of co-owner Maurice Franjieh, who ran the deli with his wife. Our prayers go out to his family. Even before the pandemic he told me about how the pervasive scaffolding and the drawn-out remodeling of the building had damaged his business because everyone thought they were closed. His death leaves a hole in the spirit of the Marinship (where we’ve had offices since 2008, shortly after our founding), and we’ve lost a fixture in the neighborhood community.