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Pour one out for Bierhaus

It's last call for Bierhaus. The popular Castro Street pub must close its doors for good on Friday, Sept. 28, amid a long-simmering feud with its landlords.

The Tran family of San Jose, owner of the 383 Castro St. location, has declined to renew the lease for Bierhaus, alleging the pub was tardy too many times in paying rent. The plan is to redevelop the site into an office building, and perhaps open another restaurant in the interim.

Bierhaus owner Mike Finley is alleging his landlords are violating his lease and that they intend to steal his business concept. He describes his pub as the latest downtown small business to be thrown out in a development push in the downtown area.

"People in Mountain View need to be more emphatic about what they get from the developers because right now it's just a gold mine for them," Finley said. "Not one person who I speak with is happy with the direction of downtown. I think the city is a bit out of touch."

Last month, Finley filed a lawsuit against the Tran family seeking damages. Any decision in that case would come too late to prevent Bierhaus from closing.

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Finley is now planning to take his beer garden concept elsewhere. He is currently planning to launch a new Bierhaus location at 360 40th St. in Oakland, which is expected to open in late October. He is currently looking for other sites near Sunnyvale and Walnut Creek.

For its last hurrah, Bierhaus is hold a closing-day party starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28, to thank its staff and patrons. Finley is promising to serve beers for $2 until his taps run dry.

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Pour one out for Bierhaus

by / Mountain View Voice

Uploaded: Thu, Sep 27, 2018, 1:36 pm

It's last call for Bierhaus. The popular Castro Street pub must close its doors for good on Friday, Sept. 28, amid a long-simmering feud with its landlords.

The Tran family of San Jose, owner of the 383 Castro St. location, has declined to renew the lease for Bierhaus, alleging the pub was tardy too many times in paying rent. The plan is to redevelop the site into an office building, and perhaps open another restaurant in the interim.

Bierhaus owner Mike Finley is alleging his landlords are violating his lease and that they intend to steal his business concept. He describes his pub as the latest downtown small business to be thrown out in a development push in the downtown area.

"People in Mountain View need to be more emphatic about what they get from the developers because right now it's just a gold mine for them," Finley said. "Not one person who I speak with is happy with the direction of downtown. I think the city is a bit out of touch."

Last month, Finley filed a lawsuit against the Tran family seeking damages. Any decision in that case would come too late to prevent Bierhaus from closing.

Finley is now planning to take his beer garden concept elsewhere. He is currently planning to launch a new Bierhaus location at 360 40th St. in Oakland, which is expected to open in late October. He is currently looking for other sites near Sunnyvale and Walnut Creek.

For its last hurrah, Bierhaus is hold a closing-day party starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28, to thank its staff and patrons. Finley is promising to serve beers for $2 until his taps run dry.

Comments

lan
Monta Loma
on Sep 27, 2018 at 2:35 pm
lan, Monta Loma
on Sep 27, 2018 at 2:35 pm
18 people like this

The Tran family probably is violating the lease and probably will steal the Bierhaus concept.

My shrug-of-the-shoulder response with a strong dislike for the Tran family means that a) I will not be customer in whatever restaurant they create, and b) karma will be their bearing. Really, it will.

I hope (and expect) that the Bierhaus will find a new home and am sad it won't be in Mountain View. But then Mountain View doesn't deserve such a community-oriented establishment. SF and Mountain View are destined to become two of the coldest cities in California.


The Tran Familoy
Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Sep 27, 2018 at 2:51 pm
The Tran Familoy, Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Sep 27, 2018 at 2:51 pm
6 people like this

The Tran family is out for what is best for the Tran family.
MV's concerns are not their concerns. They do not care and have zero interest in doing anything that won;t maximize the profits they can get for the building.

I wish that wasn't the case but that's it in a nut shell, and if everything is legal, so be it.
Change the laws to affect future change. Are any other businesses at risk? I bet they are, but if you don't change the laws, you'll just be crying in your beer over another loss. No pun intended, but left in.


Let The Free Market Reign
Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Sep 27, 2018 at 3:11 pm
Let The Free Market Reign, Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Sep 27, 2018 at 3:11 pm
19 people like this

Owners of any kind of private property are entitled to exercise their legal rights period, end of story.

Mr. Finley is out of line in trying to disparage a private property owner for simply exercising their rights.

We have sadly seen this movie before and it manifested itself into the ugly Measure V.

Just because you don't like the legal behavior of some property owners, does not mean all property owners are immoral or unworthy and that government should regulate them. That mindset is what's wrong with Mountain View.


Gary
Registered user
Sylvan Park
on Sep 27, 2018 at 3:57 pm
Gary, Sylvan Park
Registered user
on Sep 27, 2018 at 3:57 pm
10 people like this

Judge Brett Kavanaugh is done - testifying. He still loves beer. Invite him to your last hurrah. Cheers.


Resident of MV
Registered user
Cuesta Park
on Sep 27, 2018 at 5:42 pm
Resident of MV, Cuesta Park
Registered user
on Sep 27, 2018 at 5:42 pm
21 people like this

I don't understand why people are complaining.

Why keep talking about stealing the beer garden concept. Beer gardens like Bierhaus are everywhere especially in Europe. It is nothing new.

Private property owners can choose what they want to do with their own property within the limit of the law. Come on, people. It is their property. For the people that keep complaining, why don't you come up with the money and buy the property, then you can do what you wish with your property as well.


Scott B
Rex Manor
on Sep 27, 2018 at 7:04 pm
Scott B, Rex Manor
on Sep 27, 2018 at 7:04 pm
2 people like this

I do not approve. They sell pretzels with mustard and have the board game Guess Who?


David Speakman
Sylvan Park
on Sep 27, 2018 at 9:19 pm
David Speakman, Sylvan Park
on Sep 27, 2018 at 9:19 pm
9 people like this

When business owners lease a property, they assume the risk that once the lease is up, they'll need to find a new home if the owner chooses to not extend their lease.

This is not a new concept; it's the law - and has been for centuries.






Wahoo Yahoo
Castro City
on Sep 28, 2018 at 12:38 am
Wahoo Yahoo, Castro City
on Sep 28, 2018 at 12:38 am
4 people like this

ITT: People who aren't Bierhaus owner nor Tran family speaking out of their asses. If you are neither party, you have no right to disparage one or the other. You don't know the details in full. Only idiots speak with certainty in regards to things they are not the first hand.


Hot Dog Lover
Blossom Valley
on Sep 28, 2018 at 8:43 am
Hot Dog Lover, Blossom Valley
on Sep 28, 2018 at 8:43 am
10 people like this

And people were mad when they closed Der Wienerschnitzel at this location. And I am sure those who remember what was here before were just as upset when this ugly building with the bright yellow roof showed up in 1968. Building is still ugly, no matter how many times they have remodeled it. Plenty o' places in Mountain View to buy beer, but no where can you get a chili dog!


@Hot Dog Lover
Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Sep 28, 2018 at 8:50 am
@Hot Dog Lover, Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Sep 28, 2018 at 8:50 am
4 people like this

We are in the same tribe brother, only mine had chili and cheese on it.
Aside from beer though, where will we EVER buy a $14 hamburger in this town(sarcasm) same as the beer: Everywhere!


AwwShucks
Cuernavaca
on Sep 30, 2018 at 2:20 pm
AwwShucks, Cuernavaca
on Sep 30, 2018 at 2:20 pm
1 person likes this

Sorry I never got to try this place. I drove by many times and saw their terrace full of jovial customers. It looked like such a fun place. Alas I am a busy parent and missed the boat. Hope they find a spot in Sunnyvale to re-open. I promise I will not miss the chance to join the crowd of happy diners next time.


Pour 2 out for the dog!
Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Oct 4, 2018 at 4:42 pm
Pour 2 out for the dog!, Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Oct 4, 2018 at 4:42 pm
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I really wish this place would have stayed a Wienerschnitzel :(


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