Statement on Sinbad's Eviction

Statement on Sinbad's Eviction

Port of San Francisco: Statement on Sinbad's Eviction

October 14, 2015

The Port has been informed that the owners of Sinbad’s Restaurant at Pier 2 have filed for bankruptcy in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. This action cancels today’s planned eviction of Sinbad’s by the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department.

The Port continues to seek recovery of its Pier 2 property to construct a new public plaza and make way for the long-planned Downtown Ferry Terminal Expansion project managed by the San Francisco Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA).

“This bankruptcy filing is yet another legal maneuver by the owners of Sinbad’s to delay the return of the property to the Port,” said Renée Dunn Martin, spokesperson for the Port. “In July, a jury ruled that the Port had properly terminated Sinbad’s lease and that it no longer had the right to occupy the premises. Subsequently, just before a September lockout, Sinbad’s prevailed upon a judge to give it until the end of September to remove its personal property from the premises. With that deadline having expired, and the Sheriff poised to return the property to the Port, it has sought the protection of the bankruptcy court,” she said.

Previously, the Port had allowed Sinbad’s to remain until March 21, 2015 to find another location, ensure a safe transition for its employees and vacate the premises. However, Sinbad’s again did not uphold its part of the Agreement and continues to willfully trespass on Port property.

The Port has legal and fiduciary obligations to state agencies such as the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) and WETA to remove the building on Pier 2 to improve the Bay views and public access, and to prepare for the Downtown Ferry Terminal Expansion project at Pier 2. BCDC issued a violation notice on March 26, 2015 notifying the Port, Sinbad’s and others that the failure to remove the building on Pier 2 is a violation of BCDC Permit 2012.001.05 and BCDC Permit M81-17, exposing the Port to potential monetary fines.

The $65 million Downtown San Francisco Ferry Terminal Expansion Project includes construction of two new ferry gates in the South Basin, installation of amenities such as 2 weather-protected areas for queuing, improvements to pedestrian circulation, and a new public plaza in the area south of the Ferry Building that will also serve as a staging area for evacuees in the event of a major catastrophe. The new gates and amenities will support WETA projects currently under development to provide new ferry service between Richmond, Berkeley and Treasure Island, as well other potential locations currently under study.

"The Downtown Ferry Terminal Expansion Project will help alleviate the traffic congestion on the Bay Bridge and The Embarcadero, providing new transportation capacity and expanded Bay views for the public to enjoy,” said Dunn Martin.

The Port of San Francisco is a revenue-generating agency of the City and County of San Francisco. The Port manages a broad range of maritime, commercial, and publicly accessible facilities along 7½ miles of the City’s waterfront that are held in public trust for the people of California. As a gateway to San Francisco, the Port provides recreation, transportation, and maritime/commercial activities for the community.