Simon’s Bar & Cafe, a Sacramento landmark popular with the city’s power brokers and politicos, has been closed due to health violations.
The legendary downtown Chinese restaurant and watering hole, a fixture in the city since 1984, was closed last Friday by order of the Sacramento County Environmental Management Department. A sign placed by county inspectors in the restaurant’s window cited “insect/rodent infestation” as the reason for the closure.
Efforts to reach restaurant owner Simon Chan for comment were unsuccessful Monday.
Simon’s has been favored by Sacramento’s political barons for years, patronized by the likes of Gov. Jerry Brown, Mayor Darrell Steinberg and his predecessor Kevin Johnson.
When it appeared that Simon’s might be torn down in 2015 to give way to redevelopment, a “Save Simon’s” site was quickly launched on Facebook to rally support for the restaurant. Simon’s sits on land owned by the Capitol Area Development Authority, which has said it would like to build housing on the property at some point.