Not So Good News & Other Fawnskin Stuff

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So, the official news from this mountain lake resort is not good today.

The landlord will not do the improvements needed to the building housing Amangela’s and so they signed the lease yesterday to move to 40729 Village Drive, Unit 1 in the village area of Big Bear Lake.

GG is not happy about this one bit.

The girls are not happy about leaving Fawnskin either and tried to work around this–to no avail.

Amangela’s has been my happy place to nestle in several times a week to enjoy the public atmosphere–plus it is the only place with a decent deck and is especially fun to kayak up Grout Creek to arrive or to grab a cup of joe and head down creekside to watch the trout.

The new location in the village once held Michelle’s Deli and is in the mall area housing a variety of thriving businesses including the UPS Store, Cedar Rose Lane and a few others.

The idea is to keep the front section for food customers with another area for computer and coffee connoisseurs.

Although a move in date is not concrete, the girls anticipate moving in sometime between December 1-15, 2010.

GG is sulking because I’ll have to commute instead of just amble down the road, but perhaps it will be a more thriving location for them.

The original issue surfaced after a new health department inspector began making additional demands that included alteration and upgrade of physical aspects of the building.

What I hate around these parts is the inconsistency of enforcement. It is a valley wide issue with some establishments being forced to adhere to them while others do not.

Anyway, one upgrade is estimated to run about $15,000 and the girls are not going to invest it in a building they do not own and the landlord simply doesn’t care.

The frustrating thing is that they had everything checked out prior to move in several years ago and now this is suddenly an issue?

Because the issue is a big one, it is unlikely that another food establishment will be able to move into the place and it will be another empty commercial spot joining many others around the valley.

Which brings me to my ongoing question–what the he** are property owners thinking around these parts?

The cost per square foot is WAY over priced.

You can get a lot more for your buck outside the valley with a lot more commerce and cooperation from the landlords.

In the last couple of years a bunch of businesses have simply closed their doors instead of allowing their landlords to continually raise the rent in an economy that has heavily impacted the valley in a negative way.

Okay, enough about that–Arizona Pipeline moved out of the area finally and left a very crappy asphalt repair job behind.

Now Bear Valley Electric is making a mess near the post office (along with a lot of noise) as they insert another pole.

But you’ll be happy to know that the NSIA garden crew winterized (cleared all the debris) in the public garden areas they maintain.

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4 Responses to “Not So Good News & Other Fawnskin Stuff

  • 1
    November 5th, 2010 12:50

    OMG that is sad news. I sooo enjoyed the Amangela experience. A short amble to a happy spot with good food n drink, and a great atmosphere.

    We need another empty building like we need…well you know..

    shame for sure. 🙁

  • 2
    GG (Gossip Girl)
    November 5th, 2010 12:59

    Yes, just sucks. I am there now and likely to be here a bit more before they close up. And yes, so sad about Fawnskin and the old buildings not up to code.

  • 3
    November 8th, 2010 13:27

    The landlord is looking at no rental income in the immediate future, certainly not restaurant tenants. Wouldn’t you think the building owner would consider a trade, wheras the girls cover the repairs but have free rent until the repair costs are covered?
    Unfortunately I’ll think we’ll see more of this with California being in financial trouble, as agencies start to enforce issues that weren’t issues prior to increase revenues. Sad for Fawnskin 🙁

  • 4
    GG (Gossip Girl)
    November 9th, 2010 09:32

    The girls already tried that and when they last spoke with the landlord, he really didn’t care. They have begun moving things already and are sad to leave Fawnskin but looking at much better working conditions in a larger kitchen space.