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Is Santa Cruz burning? Where is Juanita?

krys stanley | Nov 16, 200408:02 PM

I've been spending some time in the East Bay recently and heard for the first time about Juanita and her stay at Port Costa.

Juanita, I've heard was a former madame who opened a number of restaurants around the Bay Area. She has been described as an ample person of both size and personality whose menagerie of animals wandered around the restaurant.

Each of her restaurants mysteriously burned. After hearing the story, I sought out her last location in Port Costa ... a place I had never heard about before and is a challenge to find.

It is called the warehouse cafe and from discriptions, the eclectic atmosphere hasn't changed since the days of Juanita (circa 1980).

An inquiry revealy that Juanita only worked here and did not own this actual joint ... or to quote the bartendress when asked if Juanita was the proprietress replied "Did it burn down?"

I can only recommend the Warehouse Cafe in Port Costa for brew, color and challenge to locate. Definately an R rating, so if you have a delicate nature, I wouldn't go.

Here's the food question. When asked if Juanita still lived and worked, I was told there was an article in the Contra Costa Times about her colorful past and current future. Can't find it.

Seems she (plus current menagerie) was about to be evicted from her Richmond apartment. A Santa Cruz restaurant owner rescued her and her animals. My question is...

Is Juanita currently gracing a Santa Cruz eatery?

p.s. Anyone have the link to the Contra Costa Times article?

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