Oceanside Pier Notes

Ken Jones

Administrator
Staff member
#1
(1) Another great white was hooked at the pier and, as has been happening recently, one of the regulars climbed down the ladder at the end of the pier and released it.

(2) The Ruby's restaurant at the end of the pier saw it's last day on 2/21. Hate to see that, I had many a fine meal there.
 

evanluck

Well-known member
#4
The economics are not in favor of cheaper restaurants sustaining themselves in such prime ocean front property. As much as I love having the option of getting a meal or a snack while I'm fishing, I understand the broader economic trend forcing these shutdowns. I wonder what the permit would be for someone to bring a simplified food cart onto the pier and sell food. This would be a more sustainable option. Kind of like a food truck for fisherman. Way cheaper overhead and the person could actually kill time in between customers by dropping a line in the water.
 

Ken Jones

Administrator
Staff member
#5
I imagine both restaurants were making money until (1) the Covid pandemic that put a crunch on sales and (2) they had a falling out among the owners/partners which eventually led to additional money problems.

I know most small restaurants have a small profit margin (I owned one), especially if the rent is high, but their prices and sales should have allowed them to "normally" make a profit.

As for food trucks, the problem is that cities typically manage both the piers and the concessions and will not allow competition to existing businesses. If they reopen these restaurants as new restaurants , it's doubtful they would let competition (other food sources) be part of the mix.