San Mateo County has closed the deadline for proposals on the Half Moon Bay Airport restaurant previously known as the 3-Zero Cafe. Officials say they expect to announce what’s next for the space in September.
In April 2019, the unique Coastside restaurant named for the airport’s runway direction closed. Located at the Half Moon Bay Airport, the 3-Zero Cafe was frequented by both visitors flying in as well as Half Moon Bay locals. When owner Joe Gore decided to leave the restaurant, the county published a request for proposals for the site.
The original proposal deadline was May 24 but was postponed till June 24 to allow potential restaurant operators more time to ask questions after the pre-proposal meeting date. At that time, they walked through the terminal building and restaurant facility.
The county is in the process of reviewing the proposals that were submitted and anticipates news regarding the status of the restaurant space in September, said Christopher St. Peter, assistant airport manager for San Mateo County.
Shoshana Wolff, owner of All Spice, a restaurant in San Mateo, checked out the building with other potential restaurateurs on May 8. She and her husband were looking for a second space to complement what they are doing in San Mateo.
“It’s a very charming and unique space,” said Wolff. But in regard to necessary renovations, “there is a lot of work that needs to be done to get it into shape,” she said.
Gore was hopeful that his manager and business partner Mark Smith would apply. Smith started an online campaign with a goal of $50,000 with the expressed interest of funding the 3-Zero Cafe’s new lease, installing new floors, restocking food and paying the staff. In two months, the effort raised $6,191 from 86 donors.
An update posted on the GoFundMe page on June 4 stated that, because Smith hadn’t met the $50,000 goal, he was moving on, and the donations received would be used to pay off outstanding bills.