Cafe Rio closes: Longtime Rio del Mar...

Cafe Rio closes: Longtime Rio del Mar seafood restaurant owner ...

There are 178 comments on the Santa Cruz Sentinel story from Mar 1, 2010, titled Cafe Rio closes: Longtime Rio del Mar seafood restaurant owner .... In it, Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that:

A landmark Aptos restaurant served its last order of sand dabs on Sunday. Cafe Rio, a seafood dining spot steps from Rio del Mar Beach that opened three decades ago, closed its doors for good after dinner Sunday in the face of a weak economy that's put a damper on people eating out, owner Jeff Briggs said Sunday afternoon.

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lost my hat

Santa Cruz, CA

#162 Mar 9, 2010
W-T-F Homes wrote:
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Went quiet? Actually I went outside, you should try it sometime. While you were scouring Topix waiting for my reply I was dropping peaks in the Norhern Sierra back country. There is a whole big world outside which you can see if you ever find the courage to vacate your moms basement.
wasn't waiting. just noticed. i can multi task.

the internet works outside.(even on the Bay)

i wait for trout season to start before heading to the sierra.

(hey we're getting to know one another! what fun!)

my mom is dead.

(thanks for the reminder)

i'm retired (and still young).

and you haven't replied to the issue yet

(because you have no response other than personal attacks. sad.)
beerman49

Daly City, CA

#163 Mar 12, 2010
My mom & late dad started patronizing Cafe Rio in 1988; we had my dad's "memorial service" there in 2000; & my mom & I continued dining there at least monthly until Pat Duggan sold the business. Once was enough after! The previous posters'comments about the food are spot on! Pork chops w/fig sauce? Gimme a break! Sand dabs at Severino's are reasonable, but not as good as the OLD Cafe Rio's were.

My mom (Martha to you old CR staffers) is curious about Dane's condition - any info on him would be appreciated!)HI & best wishes to: Ted, Jeanne, Pat, Dane, Lupe, Megan, & the rest of the staffers from the Duggan years wherever you are; also to the surviving bar regulars from 2007 & before! The guy who said "Bring back the redhead" has it right on!

Finally, all the political commentary is "RED HERRING" & IRRELEVANT! The customers spoke loudly and clearly, period!
beerman49

Daly City, CA

#164 Mar 12, 2010
Political comments are IRRELEVANT "red herrings" to this discussion; the long-time "OLD" Cafe Rio customers spoke loudly & clearly about Briggs' demise, with which I agree 100%.

My mom (Martha to you old bar regulars/staff) & I just wanna inquire about Dane (long-time chef there for Pat) & say hi to Pat, Jeanne, Ted, & all the other staff, plus to the golfers & other bar regulars from the good old days! We miss you!
Knight Who Says - Ni -

Santa Cruz, CA

#165 Mar 14, 2010
You must get me a shrubbery.
trout

Santa Cruz, CA

#166 Mar 14, 2010
Knight Who Says - Ni - wrote:
You must get me a shrubbery.
i'd rather get you a lap dance at the new strip club!!! rio del NAKED B008ies!
Marine

Santa Cruz, CA

#167 Mar 16, 2010
beerman49 wrote:
My mom & late dad started patronizing Cafe Rio in 1988; we had my dad's "memorial service" there in 2000; & my mom & I continued dining there at least monthly until Pat Duggan sold the business. Once was enough after! The previous posters'comments about the food are spot on! Pork chops w/fig sauce? Gimme a break! Sand dabs at Severino's are reasonable, but not as good as the OLD Cafe Rio's were.
My mom (Martha to you old CR staffers) is curious about Dane's condition - any info on him would be appreciated!)HI & best wishes to: Ted, Jeanne, Pat, Dane, Lupe, Megan, & the rest of the staffers from the Duggan years wherever you are; also to the surviving bar regulars from 2007 & before! The guy who said "Bring back the redhead" has it right on!
Finally, all the political commentary is "RED HERRING" & IRRELEVANT! The customers spoke loudly and clearly, period!
I remember your mom and dad from when I used to work there in the late 80s early 90s. They are both wonderful and kind people. The old Cafe Rio was a place that your parents could feel comfortable having a cocktail and conversation in the afternoon, that was what made it unique in this day and age of "coolness"
Knight Who Says - Ni -

Santa Cruz, CA

#168 Mar 17, 2010
trout wrote:
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i'd rather get you a lap dance at the new strip club!!! rio del NAKED B008ies!
That would be sweeeeeet.
Fred

Santa Cruz, CA

#169 Jul 7, 2010
For those of you who have bemoaned the fate of Cafe Rio since it sold, there is good news.

Original owners are re-opening this summer.
Dottie Fields

United States

#170 Oct 7, 2010
Germanos Pizza wrote:
Ah, much better local times, food, and service were had back in the late 60's when Irene and Big Jim had Germano's Pizza operating out of the same place. Anyone know where Gary is now? He used to work behind the pizza counter and had penny gumball machines located throughout the county? Thanks.
My husband and brother-in-law Jim and sister-in-law Irene owned Germanos Pizza and House of Kebob in the -60's. At that time, we had all college students working along with Jim and Irene. Do you remember the 'do it yourself Steaks, etc.' at the barbeque pit we put in where you sit and barbequed your steaks or chops and we provided the baked potatoes and the salad bar? We had gotten the idea from a place in Hermosa Beach. It really took off and we begin to make some money from it in addition to our great pizzas and beach trade. The reason we sold was Jim's unexpected demise. At the time, some politician (can't remember his name) was trying to turn our strip of businesses there into a parking lot! Jim worried so much that he was going to lose this business (he had put all his money into this venture) and suffered a massive heart attack. He was just 53. Irene continued for a while but it was too much and my husband could not leave his career job at the airlines, so we had to sell. We loved Aptos and our customers so much. As for Gary, I have not heard from him in many many years. Remember the fireplace with the waterfall that would glow (we put a neon solution on it each evening) with the beautiful colors? It was a shame that they changed such a unique fireplace.
Dottie Fields

United States

#171 Oct 7, 2010
I can't believe what I am reading on this site. Is all Aptos liberal and uncaring about their fellow man? It is surprising that most all of these blogs are from liberal hate filled people that seem to only care about themselves at the expense of everyone else. So sorry that you suffered so much at the hands of this restaurant owner and that you did not get your way. So sad....I feel sorry for you, you are pathetic.
beerman49

Lewes, DE

#172 Oct 7, 2010
Marine wrote:
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I remember your mom and dad from when I used to work there in the late 80s early 90s. They are both wonderful and kind people. The old Cafe Rio was a place that your parents could feel comfortable having a cocktail and conversation in the afternoon, that was what made it unique in this day and age of "coolness"
Marine (whomever you are)- I've not looked at these posts for many months. I'm in Rehoboth Beach DE at the moment, watching the Giants on TV; you hit it right about the "old" Cafe Rio! I was down visiting my mom last week & took a drive down there to check out the scene. It's up for sale/lease again (late summer, the sign was down & I saw folks working in/around the bldg). However, the parking lot is f'd up again (parts in the middle are fenced off & there's some trenching or whatever going on). I'll check it out again early Nov. Meantime, send me a private e-mail (beerman49@msn.com) so I can pass on your info to my mom (who's ULTRA low-tech - I had DSL installed at her place so I can stay attuned). Tx for the comment - MJK
Capitolaguy

Newman, CA

#173 Oct 7, 2010
Sorry you don't get it, Dottie. An icon of the area, the original Cafe Rio, closed a few years ago and some schmuck re-opened with the same name. Imagine Tavern on the Green re-opening as Tavern on the Green with the culinary abilities of a Foster's Freeze.
Look into the situation before you denigrate locals. LOCALS!! Newcastle? You certainly must have a take on what goes on here.
beerman49

Lewes, DE

#174 Oct 7, 2010
Dottie Fields wrote:
I can't believe what I am reading on this site. Is all Aptos liberal and uncaring about their fellow man? It is surprising that most all of these blogs are from liberal hate filled people that seem to only care about themselves at the expense of everyone else. So sorry that you suffered so much at the hands of this restaurant owner and that you did not get your way. So sad....I feel sorry for you, you are pathetic.
Sorry, Dottie, you have NO CLUE! Aptos is part of a beach area, akin to the Rehoboth-Ocean City corridor (or similar northward to Cape May NJ). The business reality is that you survive the off-season with LOCALS patronizing your establishment, or you close for the winter & live off your seasonal profit or other businesses.

The lessee who replaced the popular Pat Duggan was chasing a dream. He mortgaged his future based on false assumptions/bad "homework" - LOCALS (mostly well-heeled &/or retired) patronized the place year-round, for happy-hour at the bar &/or dinner; the staff knew them all! Some of the bartenders played dice w/the regulars for drinks; dice games for drinks btwn local were an everyday occurrence!

The Sacramento (population 1 million counting the nearby suburbs, which is greater than the entire population of Santa Cruz County) fool who took over had NO CLUE - he tried to attract a younger crowd to a place that is off the map for bar-hoppers & priced it out of most of the young crowd's reach & changed the menu so drastically that it PO'd the locals who could afford the dinner prices. Cafe Rio was a MATURE (regardless of age) folks' place - rowdies never were tolerated (bar "regulars" got bounced when they got out of line more than once in a 2-week period).

This has nothing to do about "liberal" - it's about maintaining a succssful restaurant when the tourists/seasonal vacationers don't outnumber the locals! Sacramento's the state capitol & stupid folks abound to spend big $$ on so-so food. Aptos (unincorporated) is part of the Santa Cruz area, which has more restaurants per capita & WAY better overall quality than Sacramento.

Speak not of which you know little besides the "touchy-feely" BS you've read before - the locals & regular visitors like me know better!
beerman49

Lewes, DE

#175 Oct 7, 2010
Capitolaguy wrote:
Sorry you don't get it, Dottie. An icon of the area, the original Cafe Rio, closed a few years ago and some schmuck re-opened with the same name. Imagine Tavern on the Green re-opening as Tavern on the Green with the culinary abilities of a Foster's Freeze.
Look into the situation before you denigrate locals. LOCALS!! Newcastle? You certainly must have a take on what goes on here.
Tx for the support whilst I was typing mine!
Djsurfnsc

San Francisco, CA

#176 Apr 13, 2011
Good Riddance wrote:
Cafe Rio Inc. Announce
Press Subheading
Aptos, CA - Feb 28, 2010 - THANK YOU TO OUR SUPPORTERS! We are happy to say that we are leaving! We have fought a great battle against "You Know Who"(pd) "He Who Shall Not Be Named". We were honest and tried to bring a beautiful cuisine to the area, but we were beaten down AND CHEATED in many ways. Jeff is an amazing Chef and only wanted to please the Palets of Cafe Rio customers. We were presented with so many trials that prevented us from reaching our potential...from the economy to to our immense health issues to(breast cancer and ruptured appendix 2008), and the economy and of course our ever wonderful landlord (who raised our rent during the sewer construction project done during Nov 2009-Jan 2010.). The last straw was the Public Works Project done by Santa Cruz County, which we could not overcome and was, supported by Eline Pierre and John Presleigh (my brother). This project essentially in conjunction with Pat Dugan, put us out of business. We tried for the sake of our employees to stay in business (selling everything we had). Our employees are the only reason we stayed around for so long! Bless them!
We wish all of those who supported us the Blessings of GOD , who we believe in. We love our country God and are not politically correct. We HUNT, CARRY GUNS AND BELIEVE IN THE TEA PARTY MOVEMENT!!!!!!!!!!
Love from the BRIGGS FAMILY!!!
PLEASE JOIN US FOR THE LAST SUPPER SUNDAY THE 28TH OF FEBRUARY....WE ONLY WANT OUR SUPPORTERS TO COME FOR A FEAST!
WE BELIEVE IN HONESTY AND INTEGRITY.....BRING ALL OF YOUR GIFT CERTIFICATES TO REDEEM AFTER FEBRUARY 28TH, SO THAT PAT CAN LIVE THE DREAM THAT WE LIVED!


BLAME! BLAME! BLAME! I have been going there since I was a kid and I'm 41 now. I went in there on Valentines Day with a date and 2 other times with the new owners. I returned my meal all 3 times. One was just an Ahi salad. It was horrible. Definitely not Pat's fault.
Dan Ekizian

Hesperia, CA

#177 Feb 1, 2014
My dad and mom were the original owners of House of Kebob and Germano's Pizza. Dad and his contractor friend literally built the building and had the Grand Opening of House of Kebob in 1960. Originally the patio was an open air and later dad enclosed it when he open Germano's Pizza. At the Grand Opening of Germano's pizza so many people attended that at 2 a.m. in the morning the line coming into the building never diminished to the point that Dad went to every person in line and invited them to come back for a second Grand Opening because he was not equipped or staffed to serve the crowds that first night. Great memories for us !
Dan E

Hesperia, CA

#178 Feb 1, 2014
Dottie Fields wrote:
<quoted text> My husband and brother-in-law Jim and sister-in-law Irene owned Germanos Pizza and House of Kebob in the -60's. At that time, we had all college students working along with Jim and Irene. Do you remember the 'do it yourself Steaks, etc.' at the barbeque pit we put in where you sit and barbequed your steaks or chops and we provided the baked potatoes and the salad bar? We had gotten the idea from a place in Hermosa Beach. It really took off and we begin to make some money from it in addition to our great pizzas and beach trade. The reason we sold was Jim's unexpected demise. At the time, some politician (can't remember his name) was trying to turn our strip of businesses there into a parking lot! Jim worried so much that he was going to lose this business (he had put all his money into this venture) and suffered a massive heart attack. He was just 53. Irene continued for a while but it was too much and my husband could not leave his career job at the airlines, so we had to sell. We loved Aptos and our customers so much. As for Gary, I have not heard from him in many many years. Remember the fireplace with the waterfall that would glow (we put a neon solution on it each evening) with the beautiful colors? It was a shame that they changed such a unique fireplace.
My dad and mom were the original owners of House of Kebob and Germano's Pizza. Dad and his contractor friend literally built the building and had the Grand Opening of House of Kebob in 1960. Originally the patio was an open air and later dad enclosed it when he open Germano's Pizza. At the Grand Opening of Germano's pizza so many people attended that at 2 a.m. in the morning the line coming into the building never diminished to the point that Dad went to every person in line and invited them to come back for a second Grand Opening because he was not equipped or staffed to serve the crowds that first night. Great memories for us !
Concha Perfumada

Lynn, MA

#179 Jun 19, 2014
He who farts in the Church
sits in his own pew.

The bathrooms were dirty.

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