There have been calls for protests and boycotts over Red Hill Shopping Center management’s decision to evict longtime tenant and popular eatery, Easy Street Café.
But a 20-year-old loyal and 3rd generation customer has created an online petition to try to convince shopping center owner, Tom Arntz, to change his mind about the decision to evict the restaurant before the Sunday, April 29 deadline.
Devin Wilson said in an email that he created the petition because he thought the eviction wasn’t right, “especially looking at the lack of communication exhibited by the shopping center owners.”
“It’s entirely unacceptable for a landlord to ignore their tenants,” Wilson added.
Wilson acknowledges that the café owes months of back rent. “I’d hope that the restaurant owners and the shopping center owners would be able to work out a payment arrangement, as they had tried to without response,” Wilson said.
An email link to the petition was posted late Wednesday afternoon in the comments section of the San Anselmo-Fairfax Patch article on the eviction. By late evening, the petition already had 132 signatures.
Wilson’s petition is hosted on change.org and is titled, “Save the Easy Street Café!” In the petition, he lays out a case for saving the eatery saying that, “Many, many families have made a tradition of eating here, and it’s about to end forever.”
He remembers playing at the restaurant as a child and “eating some of the best grilled cheese sandwiches in Marin.”
Wilson is attempting to gather 1000 signatures to send to the shopping center owner and hopes this directed effort will have an effect on the eviction.
“I hope it will work, but I have no idea if it will,” Wilson said. “It all depends on whether Tom Arntz cares about the thoughts of locals or not.”
To sign the online petition, click this link.