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Naked Coffee owner confesses to stealing Old Soul Co. sign

Chris Pendarvis and Jason Griest were once partners in Naked Lounge Tea & Coffeehouse at 1500 Q Street in midtown. Here they are working on the interior on December 18, 2001.
Chris Pendarvis and Jason Griest were once partners in Naked Lounge Tea & Coffeehouse at 1500 Q Street in midtown. Here they are working on the interior on December 18, 2001. Sacramento Bee Staff Photo

Naked Coffee owner Christopher Pendarvis admitted to stealing rival Old Soul Co.’s sidewalk sign in a lengthy Facebook post that has since been deleted.

Pendarvis, who also owns Orphan Breakfast House, Tupelo Coffeehouse and Arthur Henry’s Supper Club, acknowledged responsibility but made it clear he thought controversy surrounding the theft that blew up on social media over the weekend had been overblown. He described himself as a spontaneous person and sarcastically described an “almost para-military” response to the theft from politicians, law enforcement and media.

“I have ... received informal feedback from friends and acquaintances who have let me know that there is a chance the victims felt violated,” Pendarvis wrote. “So, for this I apologize. If there is anything I can do or say with sincerity to make up for the kidnapping of Sandwich Board, which was not my property, I would like to let the victims know I am a phone call or email away and I am willing to make any and all reparations deemed necessary.”

On Friday, Old Soul made a since-deleted Instagram post seeking community input in identifying the driver of Pendarvis’ white Porsche convertible as it left Old Soul’s Weatherstone location on 21st Street sometime Thursday with the sign sticking out of the backseat. The sign was later returned.

A witness to the theft told FOX40 that Pendarvis staggered around when stealing the sign and appeared intoxicated. Naked Coffee’s Facebook account replied to a comment questioning Pendarvis’ sobriety by saying “the driver was not the owner and the driver was not drunk.”

Old Soul co-founder Jason Griest previously was a partner in the Naked Lounge coffee shop at 1500 Q Street with Pendarvis. The pair came to Sacramento in 2001 from Chico, where Griest managed a coffee shop and restaurant for Pendarvis.

Griest left Naked Lounge to co-found Old Soul in 2006. Another former employee of Naked Lounge founded Temple Coffee Roasters.

Benjy Egel: 916-321-1052, @BenjyEgel

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