• Nothing lasts forever. However, there are a few long-time institutions that are still remembered fondly. Feel free to add any that you remember to this page.

Bars and Nightclubs


Bars and Nightclubs closed before 2015
The Albatross
529 Club
Aptos Club


Pool hall & bar

Cardiff Lounge


Club Caution


Club Culture


Club Dakota


Club Zayante

Coastline Brewery

Brewery and nightclub

Cypress Lounge
Dragon Moon

Edgewater -


Gandy Dancers
Garage Sports Bar
Live Soup
Mona’s Gorilla Lounge
Night Owl Bar

O.T. Price's Music Hall  Nightclub

Palookaville Nightclub
Polivio's/Polivio's Back Door/The Back Door
Ron's Seaside Saloon
Sea Cloud
Seabright Bar & Lounge
Skinny McDoogles Bar
The Avenue
The Beat 16 and over Nightclub
The Garden Room - Bar/Nightclub on Portola
The Interlude - Bar/Nightclub on Pacific Avenue
The Lighthouse
The Sail Inn Dance Hall & Bar
Vida Lounge & Grill
White Cockade Pub
Wicked Lester's Entertainment Lounge Bar



Restaurants closed  2015-2019
9 Burger Bamboo Garden Cafe Lena (Downtown Santa Cruz) Catz Alley (Watsonville) Center Street Grill (Downtown Santa Cruz) Coffee Spot (Capitola Road) D'Anna's Deli & Trattoria
Dawgs! Himalayan Kitchen Hoffman's Bistro and Patisserie I Luv Boba Lucy's Hot Dogs Lulu’s at the Octagon O'Mei
Takara Taqueria El Jarro (Davenport) The Coffee House (Soquel) US Meal Wienerschnitzel (Watsonville) 2017 YOLO (Santa Cruz)  

Restaurants closed 2013-2014

Adelita's Boulder Creek Fuji Buffet Mama Goya's Mexican Food Peachwood's Steakhouse
Booka Restaurant & Bar Green Valley Grill Ma Maison Pink Godzilla
Casablanca Inn and Bistro Heavenly Cafe Mamma Lucia Pizzeria Ristorante Barolo
Chinese Gourmet Express (Capitola Mall) Highway Nine Barbecue MexItalian Restaurant Royal Taj
Cinnabon (2009 Capitola Mall) Kabul Palace New Asia Santa Cruz Sandwiches
Conscious Creations Khyber Pass Nuevo Southwest Grill Surf Dog
Daily Perk Express Kralj's Orange Julius (Capitola Mall 2014) Taco La Paz
Dairy Queen (Capitola Mall) La Mission Mexican Restaurant Pacific Avenue Pizza & Grill (2013) Tico's Tacos
Deli-licious Live Oak Café Paul's Yogizmo Yogurt Company
Focaccia Lucky Dragon Peach Garden Cafetal

Restaurants closed before 2013

41st Donut House Donatello's Gelato Pioneer Chicken
A & W  Donato's Plaza Bakery
Abouche Cafe Drunk Monkeys Polivio's
Acapulco El Paisano Tamales Pon's Chinese Food
Adolph's El Pollo Loco Pontiac Grill
Akasaka Emi Portola House
Al Dente Ristorante Falafel of Scotts Valley Positively Front Street
Aoi Fandango's Rancho Del Mar Cafe
Aqua Bleu Fat Cat Deli Rebecca's Mighty Muffins
Armadillo Willy's Filling Station Red Lantern
Asian Rose Front Street Pub Red Lobster
The Attic Gashouse Pizza Rick's Burger Pit
Backstage Lounge Gelatomania The Riverside
Bad Ass Coffee Company Gigi's Bakery & Cafe Rocco's 503
Baker's Square Golden West Rosa's Rosticeria
Batik Cafe The Grapesteak Saddle Rock Restaurant
The Beachcomber Great American Wiener Works Saigon Palace
The Beach House Hank's at the Hook Sandabs Seafood & Wine
Beach Street Diner Hawgs Seafood Sambo's
Bea's Koffee Kup Heinz Biergarten Cafe Scotts Valley Diner
Beckmann's Bakery Hoang Anh Scotts Valley Grill
Bistro Al Mar Hobee's Sea Cloud
Black China Bakery & Café Il Pirata Sestri
Blacks Beach Cafe The Impossible Restaurant Seychelles
Bleu Spoon India Joze Shun Feng Mountain City
Blue Moon Cafe In Vino Veritas Sizzler
Bluewater Steakhouse Java House Sluggo's
Boston Market Java Lounge Smoqe BBQ
Brendan's Bakery Jumping Monkey Speakeasy Cafe
Britannia Arms (Aptos) Kawa Spices Thai Cafe
Broken Egg Omelet House Keffi Sri
Brookdale Cafe & Grill Kick Back Coffee House & Eatery Stickey Wicket
Buffalo Bell Kim's Kitchen Summit Inn
Cafe Chameleon King Chwan Summit Kitchen
Cafe La Vie King's Table Summit Roadhouse
Capitola Grill L8 Buffet Summit Shack
Captain Guidos Pizza & Pasta La Bruschetta Sunny Cove Cafe
Carniglia's Lily Marlene Sunset Cafe
Castagnolas Lindsey's Surf Town Deli & Market
Cathay House Limoncello Swan/Heavenly Goose
Cereality Lyon's Swirl
Chef Tong's Maddox Bakery Taco del Mar (2006)
China Cafe Mainsail Restaurant & Bar Taqueria Cancun
China Express Malabar Cafe Taqueria La Escondida
China Station Malio's Tapu's
China Szechwan Manoff's Rancho Burger Tea Cup Restaurant
Chop Stick Restaurant Mansion House The Burger Place
Ciao Bella Marie Callender's Theo's
Ciao Bella Act II Mayupa's Bistro

Tiny's Family Restaurant

Cindy's Miller's (2012)

TJ Express

Clouds Downtown Moonshadows Town & Country Korean BBQ
Cole's Bar-B-Q (Aptos) Nonno's Summit Cafe Train Place Deli
Coldwater Bar & Grill Ocean View Chinese Tucson Taqueria
Colonial Inn Old Theatre Cafe Vida Lounge & Grill
Costa Brava On A Mission Coffee Wendy's (Scotts Valley)
Crocker Restaurant Paradise Sushi Wing Stop (Freedom)
Deer Creek Restaurant Parwana Xin

Delmarette Fountain

Pearl Alley Bistro Zanotto's Restaurant
Del Monte Cafe (2007) Pearl Restaurant Zanzibar
Fresh Choice Perry Boy's Smorgie Zuniga's Mexican Food

Herfy's Restaurant


Sacred Grove

Payless ShoeSource





Ace Liquors Albertsons Al Cheney Ford All American Honda-Suzuki-Kawasaki Alma Gifts and Culture Alpha Beta American Tradition Antolini Masonry & Landscape Supplies Anubis Warpus Aptos Tool Crib
Aries Arts Basic Exchange Bergstrom Motors The Bird Feeder The Black Lung Tobacco Shop Bluebird Lane Buckhart's Candies Bugaboo Burdick's Cali Feed & Pet Supply Cali Zen
Camera Club Cat n Canary Cheese Factory Chi Pants Circuit City Community Chest Treasures Community Foods Conquering Lion Consumers Distributing Crystal Kaleidoscope Cymbaline
Dewey Eastman
Disco Department Store Dollar Plus 'N Party Dragginwood Eastside Hardware Eastside Pipe E's Liquor & Deli


Elizabeth's Market Ernie's Casting Pond Farrar Buick GMC
Five Flavors Herbal Pharmacy Folk Arts Ford's Department store Frank's Market & Deli Freddie Fast Pants Front Street Thrift Fun City Glass Roots Gottschalks Grand Auto Guitars Guitars
Haber's Furniture Hecker Pass Market Home Scapes Statuary & Gardens Wonder Hostess Bakery Thrift Shop Hotel Pure Beach Inn Idle Hands In Stitches Integrand Design J.C. Penney Johnny's Sport Shop Judy’s Sewing Center
K Wine & Spirits Karen's Market King's Market Kragen Auto Parts Last Stop Market Leask's Lily Wong's Linda Vista Liquor Barn Luscious Lucky Supermarket
McHugh & Bianchi's Mervyn's Mode O Day Montgomery Ward Morris Abrams Musician's Trading Post My Smoke Shop Nature's Bounty Health Food Nido Nor Cal Hydroponics & Organics Opal Cliff's Market
Pacific Pack and Pants Patio Shop Peaches Peninsula Color Service Perry's Floral Piggie Market Poor Richard's Almanac Pro Golf Putney & Perry Auto Parts & Service Raiders
Ravani The Rock Shop Ron & Bridgette's Place Roy's Market Runyan's Salz Tannery Santa Cruz City Soccer Santa Cruz Dairy Farms Santa Cruz Glass and Gifts Santa Cruz Harley-Davidson & Buell Santa Cruz Paint Co.
Scout Scrap It! Sequoia Family Market Shandrydan Sky Meadow Apothecary Smoke This Hookah Lounge Special Effects Stapleton's Tenggara Thrifty Drug Store Time Zone
Too Much Fun Truthlab United Cigar Agency The Vault Gallery Velvet Underground Wayne Merritt Motor Co. Inc Webber's Photo Shop Western Appliance Western Mountaineering Wolf Camera & Video Woolworth's
Younglove Market Z's Liquors                  


Books and media

Books and Media

Closed Before 2013

 20th Century Compact Discs

CD Store

Beacon Video

Video rentals

Beat City Records

Record Store

Blue Rhythm Records

Records, cds, video rentals, also was a music label

Borders Books

Borders Express


Chimney Sweep Books Clubhouse Comics Crown Books

Discount Records

Records, tapes, and cds


CD/DVD store

Gateways Books & Gifts

Spiritual/metaphysical books and gifts

The Hip Pocket Bookstore

Hollywood Video

DVD, video rentals

Hoots Video & Yogurt Odysseys Record Store

Plaza Books


Rainbow Records

Record Store

Ritmo Latino

Latin CDs and DVDs


UCSC textbook co-op

Star Struck Video

Video rentals

Video Video

Video rentals

Universes Record store

Wherehouse Music

CD, DVD store



Airborne Express Express shipping service. Autorella Auto Painting Paint & body shop. Calypso Imaging Cartridge World The Executive Detail Shop Automobile detailing.
Golden State Auto Care Good Guys Biodiesel Automobile repair Holser's Tire Service Ivory Laundry Laundry service. John Bull Motors British Car Dealer
Kenville Locksmiths Loud DJs Om Room School of Yoga Pacific Coast Automotive Penniman Title Company
Quality Automotive Automobile repair. Sam Wo Laundry Laundry service. Santa Cruz Airporter Airport shuttle service. Skyway Freight Systems Straightforward Alignments Wheel Alignments, automotive repair.
TCR Computers Computer sales & service. Trendsetters Beauty salon. Trinity Automotive Smog check and repairs. Valle European -European car service  



Banks closed before 2011

Community Bank of Central California (2006)

Bank of California Coast Federal Bank First Nationwide Bank Pacific Western Bank University National Bank
Bay View Bank

County Bank of Santa Cruz


Gavilan Bank

Pajaro Valley Bank

(1888-1961) (1982-1991)
Valley National Bank
California Bank & Trust County Bank & Trust Great American Bank Sears Savings Bank Wachovia
California Federal Crocker Bank Household Bank Security Pacific Bank Western Family National Bank
Coast Commercial Bank First Interstate Bank Monterey Bay Bank Sumitomo Bank Washington Mutual

Savings and Loans

(Closed before 2001)

Most savings and loan institutions merged, became a bank or were bought by a bank. Those with a "†" became a bank before being bought or failed.

Allstate Savings & Loan Fidelity Federal Home Savings of America  San Francisco Federal Savings and Loan
American Savings First Federal Savings Monterey Savings Santa Cruz Savings and Loan
Bell Savings and Loan Golden West Savings and Loan Northern California Savings Security Savings and Loan
California Savings & Loan Grove-Portola Savings and Loan Palo Alto Salinas Savings & Loan Watsonville Savings & Loan
Citicorp Savings * † Gibraltar Savings Salinas Valley Savings & Loan Western Federal Savings and Loan

Commercial Pacific


Great Western Savings and Loan †

San Diego Federal Savings   †

World Savings  †

Eureka Federal  †

*Still in business as Citibank  †Became a bank



Other (prior to 2019)


  Alma Gifts and Culture Gift Shop/Art Gallery Aptos Cinemas Art and Soul Assembly The Barn Live music and performance venue
Beachway Inn & Suites Bear Republic Theater Beauregard Vineyards Tasting Room Bethany University Bulkhead Gallery Branciforte Elementary School Borland International Computer software Cabrillo Lanes Capitola Elementary and Junior High School Capitola Inn
Capitola Theater Movie theater Cayuga Vault Show Venue Cemex Cement Plant in Davenport. Challenge Auto Racing Video arcade Coast Santa Cruz Hotel Cooper Gallery Art Gallery The Crafter's Studio Dancing Man Gallery Art gallery Davenport Gallery Art Gallery Dead Cow Gallery Art Gallery
Drop-In Center

E3 Playhouse Nightclub


Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Santa Cruz Entertainment West Felton Bowl Bowling alley Fox Theatre - (Watsonville)

Gallery 115

Art Gallery

Game Alot (Downtown)

Hobby/game store

Giza Hookah Lounge Global College of Natural Medicine
The Gravity Arts Hemp Museum Hide Gallery Art Gallery Hitching Post Motel Jofi Gallery Art Gallery Thomas J. Lipton, Inc.  food products manufacturer Lone Star Industries Cement manufacturer


Preparatory High School Private


Mid-County Post Newspaper Mill Gallery Art Gallery
Miss California Pageant The Movie I & II Natural Bridges Elementary School Nor Cal Sports Complex  batting cages Oaks Card Club Ocean Street U-Haul Center Pacific Biofuel Biodiesel

Pacific Coast Interprises

Automobile dealership

Polly's Puddle Swimming lessons Pope Gallery Art gallery
Prolo Chevrolet Queen Bee Flowers (Soquel) Question Mark Gallery Art gallery Red Roof Inn Red White & Blue Beach Retrospect Records River Arts Festival River Street Studios Artist cooperative Santa Cruz Beauty College Santa Cruz Lumber Company
Santa Cruz Medical Clinic Santa Cruz Operation Santa Cruz Patients Collective Santa Cruz Teen Center (On Laurel Street) The Sash Mill Movie theatre Scotts Valley Produce Retail produce store Scotts Valley Sports Center Roller skating, indoor sports

Seabright Bar

& Lounge

Silicon Systems IC Silversmith Gallery Art Gallery
Skatepark Soquel Skatepar Skyview Drive-In Theatre Soquel Plaza Shopping center SPLAT Art Tour Staircase Theatre Stiles & Strong Gallery Art Gallery Studio 5 Art & Design


Electronics manufacturer (Sylvania Avenue

was named for it.)

Terrace Court Motel Tomra Recycling Center
Travelodge Riviera Motel Travelodge Santa Cruz Motel Twin Lakes College of Healing Arts Union Ice Company University Inn & Conference Center

Victor Technology

Computer manufacturer


Microwave communications manufacturer

Wayne's College of Beauty

William Wrigley Jr. Company

Chewing gum manufacturer

Wired Wash Cafe



Chateau Liberté Nightclub Laurel School Elementary school Mansion House Hotel Natatorium Swimming Pool/Plunge Neptune Casino Bathes Pleasure Pier Pier Pleasure Point Roadhouse Santa Cruz Hotel Italian Restaurant Santa Cruz Theatre Santa Cruz Soda Works Soda Company
Soquel Cinema Movie theatre Santa's Village Amusement Park Salz Tannery Leather Tannery and Gift Store Lost World Dinosaur Park Cooper House Housed many shops, cafes, and galleries         Tree Circus Tourist Attraction


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    2010-02-02 19:50:35   someone should add the Port o Call Market and the old "whorehouse" at Pleasure Point that they tore down... —

    [It was "Pleasure Point Roadhouse." The business was a fuel station and eatery. Some people mis-took the term "Pleasure" as a prurient theme. -Harlan]

    2010-03-14 13:30:36   How about the Drive-In Movie Theatre, the Foster's Freeze (was on Soquel Avenue) and The Impossible Restaurant (on Soquel Avenue that had great pizzas!) —

    [ The  Foster's Freeze listing has the Soquel Avenue Foster's Freeze included. The Skyview Drive-in Theatre has a listing of its own.-- Harlan]

    2010-04-12 13:40:18   I am shocked at the departures. I moved to SC in 1965 left there in 1986. Back in '65 it was very very boring. I used to work at the Impossible, very nice French lady owned it, that was about 1981/82. Anyone recall the name of OT Prices's before it was OT's? The Tip Top Cafe on Mission is no longer there, I worked for Bobbie and Earl about 7 or so years, great people. There were a few bars down on Pacific ave. that are now gone, I can't recall the names. Spiveys restaraunt was on the corner of Ocean and Water way back in '65, it was torn down about 1980 or so for the then new Home Savings. Garbini's Italian was on Soquel Dr. close to OT Prices. Seems like there was an Italian place, Facelli's I think, up on the west side close to Wrigley's. —

    [Garbini's was on the corner of Soquel Drive and 41st Avenue. (It is now --in 2012-- a paint store.)  The city law that  required downtown bars to serve food ended a few bars.- Harlan]

    2010-09-16 11:28:16   My Mom used to go to the Sticky Wicket in Aptos. I googled it and Bruce Bratton has a nice write up about it. All this news, all at once is overwhelming. I lived in Santa Cruz for over 30 years (1952 - 1986). I visit regularly but had no idea that some of these business no longer exist! How sad but Santa Cruz is still a wonderful place. You should add the "Old" Catalyst, the one on River Street since it changed dramatically once it relocated. Turning from a coffeehouse atmosphere into more of a nightclub. I have some old pictures if you need them. —

    2010-09-16 13:02:41   Hi, I'm the admin of the Santa Cruz Wiki, and we would love to use any old photos of the area that you might like to share. Email me any time at [email protected] Thanks! —AlexDarocy

    2011-02-15 09:32:40   What was the name of that TV station/studio that used to be on Soquel Drive back in the 1970s? It was in the building next to Burger King (used to be Herfy's) with Taco Bell (was a Pioneer Chicken) on the other side — and the "Eureka Federal" Bank across the street where the Post Office is now (which was actually a Liquor Barn)... SO MANY [email protected]! —

    [ There was a cable TV office and studio in that area. At the time it was TeleprompTer Cable. (Note the extra Capital T.) They later moved to Water Street and moved again toward the downtown area. Then they lost the Santa Cruz County franchise. The company was later bought by Group W (Westinghouse).Eureka Federal was a separate building than the Liquor Barn/Post Office. Eureka Federal had a few name changes. It is now US Bank.  -- Harlan]

    2011-02-16 14:47:42   "How about the Drive-In Movie Theatre.

     The SKY VIEW drive in is already on the list. —

    2011-08-29 07:09:35   MC Dharmas before the lawsuit!!!! —

    [It is considered a name change. Dharmas did not want to fight it in court. They just changed the name McDharma's to Dharma's in 1986. --Harlan]

    2011-09-01 11:20:46   PACIFIC GOLD AND SILVER EXCHANGE was Tom Pappas' (my dad) store on the corner of Pacific and Laurel Sts. for 23 years. —

    2011-09-27 12:47:28   Reading about the Chateau Liberte brought back memories of all the bands that played at The Town & Country Lodge on Hwy 9 in Ben Lomond. —