Status of Lands End Restaurant Properties

A view of the Cliff House perched above the sand and shoreline of Ocean Beach.

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Updated August 2021: In an effort to find a new food and beverage provider for the Lands End Restaurant location in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the National Park Service (NPS) is canceling the 2019 Request for Qualifications (RFQ). This cancellation will allow the NPS to issue a revised Request for Proposals (RFP) in the coming months. Read the full news release here.

The Frequently Asked Questions section of this webpage provides background on the current status of the Lands End Restaurant Properties.

No. It is the intent of the NPS to welcome the public back in the future. The NPS plans to announce a final selection for operation of the Lands End Restaurant Properties by mid-2022 with a new lease effective later in 2022.
The former restaurant was closed on March 16, 2020 due to San Francisco public health guidance, which prompted restaurants and other businesses to close in response to COVID-19. The restaurant was able to offer take-out services for a short period of time but found that operating costs were far higher than revenue. The restaurant’s contract with the NPS expired December 31, 2020.
One primary mission of the NPS is the preservation of its historic sites and structures. Plans for protection include managing the existing alarm system and implementing additional strategies to prevent vandalism. The NPS is committed to preserving and protecting the historic Lands End Restaurant Properties.
The former restaurant operators were issued a special use permit to allow their continued occupation of the building to remove their personal property through April 2021. They have completed that process and removed their property.
The NPS was contacted by several groups interested in either short-term or long-term use of the property. After reviewing its authority for short-term leasing with existing public health standards, it entered into two short-term usage agreements with San Francisco non-profit groups Western Neighborhoods Project and the FOR-SITE Foundation. The agreements will enable the building to be used as a museum space and art exhibit space.
After review and consideration of the effects of the global pandemic on this lease opportunity, the NPS determined a cancellation of the RFQ was necessary to modify lease terms to consider the impacts on the hospitality industry and the economic recovery period.
Following the cancellation of the Request for Qualifications, the solicitation process will continue with a Request for Proposals, which will be open to all sources and will account for the recent changes to the restaurant industry caused by COVID-19. Public notification will be provided at the time the RFP becomes available in fall 2021.
The NPS is committed to maintaining and providing public services at the Lands End Restaurant Properties. The NPS plans to issue the new Request for Proposals to continue the solicitation process later this year and announce a final selection by mid-2022 with a new lease effective later in 2022.

Last updated: August 17, 2021

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