21 Oceanfront was pulled out of its months-long escrow by owner Jeannie Lawrence. The sales fee never materialized, she said, and she has decided to continue running the restaurant herself. In fact, she’s also taking over management of the Victorian-style Doryman’s Inn upstairs (she and husband Rick Lawrence had built the Victorian-style inn but management had been contracted out for several years). She is combining the services of both, which will allow for 21 Oceanfront to cater to the dining needs of the inn’s customers. Moreover, the rooftop deck of the McFadden Building that houses both the restaurant and inn is being enlarged to accommodate outdoor dining and special events. What had been usable space atop the building was formerly only for the enjoyment of the inn’s guests. When the deck expansion is completed, customers from 21 Oceanfront will be able to enjoy a lofty view of the pier, the beach and the ocean beyond.
The McFadden Building, which had been part of the proposed sale, is under a 99-year lease to Rick Lawrence, with 68 years remaining. With a deal like that, this couple is probably wise to hang on to it. As for 21 Oceanfront at the moment, it’s doing really well and I get consistently good reports on the food and service. The beautiful Old San Francisco ambiance cannot be beat.