Boarded up motels, vacant restaurants: A seem at the closing working day of 2020 in San Francisco

Boarded up motels, vacant restaurants: A seem at the closing working day of 2020 in San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — Scenes from the most weird New Year’s Eve on history — shuttered seaside parking plenty where crowds would ordinarily acquire, a tranquil Union Square, lodges boarded up and empty places to eat and bars.

Just about everywhere you appeared on the final working day of the calendar year appeared to be a reminder that 2020 was a calendar year like no other.

So, it was telling that the only crowd ABC7’s Kris Reyes found was not for a celebration but for the ceremonial shutting down of an legendary San Francisco landmark.

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The Cliff Home indication came down in front of a weepy group, formally shutting down the restaurant following 157 many years.

“I’m in fact happy we had the earthquake this early morning, we cleared that off our catastrophe Bingo card but this is just so inexpressibly unfortunate for the Cliff Home to be closing,” mentioned Jonathan Alloy, who received married at the Cliff Home.

“I guess we’re not heading to get a crack right up until 12:01,” mentioned yet another spectator who cried as the sign arrived down.

There will be no fireworks both, as an alternative several will be at household. Programming is compared with just about anything we’ve ever had — virtual concert events and ball drops, on the web chats, a social-distanced wander outdoor.
Even now, there are normally those people who locate the bright spots. Semaj Temple explained she’s grateful for the lessons of 2020 and all the absolutely free time it gave her.

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“I am searching ahead to all the new issues that will appear with improve and viewing how I can adapt to people points,” she explained.

Again at the Cliff House, accepting modify just isn’t as quick, the crowd there lingered for awhile, using in a sight that won’t make into the new year.

“I do not imagine things will get back again to ordinary, I never believe issues will ever get again to standard,” reported Tom Hontalas, who owned Loui’s, another well known San Francisco restaurant shut down by the pandemic.

He continues to be hopeful but to 2020, he has a straightforward sendoff, “Fantastic riddance.”

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