Yard House in downtown San Diego closes for good

Posted at 2:15 PM, Dec 09, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-09 17:15:40-05

SAN DIEGO -- The Yard House restaurant in downtown San Diego is closing its doors for good after a recent sewage leak caused damage to the eatery.

The restaurant on 1023 Fourth Ave. closed Nov. 1, and a sign was posted on the window that said the closure was "temporary" and due to a water main issue. During the closure, the restaurant filed a layoff notice with the state that stated it may never reopen, and it blamed a sewage leak from another tenant of the building.

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On Wednesday, Yard House President Craig Carlyle said, "We've made the very difficult decision to close our downtown San Diego location. It's a very sad day for the Yard House family, especially our downtown San Diego team members. This was never our original intent, but after evaluating the situation we determined it was no longer feasible to operate from this location."

According to Yard House, the restaurant's parent company, Darden, "has been able to place more than 40 percent of its downtown staff at various Darden restaurants throughout San Diego County."

Customers are being told to go the restaurant's new location at the Westfield Mission Valley mall.

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Rich Jeffers, a spokesman for Darden, said 17 of the 110 laid off got jobs at Seasons 52, which has locations in UTC and downtown San Diego.