After 25 and 22 years, respectively, Pleasure Point burrito shack Chill Out Café and family-owned Golden City Chinese in Santa Cruz closed at the end of 2022.
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As 2022 came to an end, so did two long-standing Santa Cruz County restaurants. In December, Chill Out Café on 41st Avenue abruptly closed its doors on Dec. 4. The Pleasure Point surf shack that “rolled the fatties” offered an extensive list of breakfast burritos and was a popular local spot for 25 years. Owner John Pickart did not respond to requests for more details on the closure.
And, on New Year’s Day, Golden City Chinese on Mission Street in Santa Cruz served its last home-cooked Chinese meal. After 22 years at this location, it seems owners Sue and Paul Leung, originally from Canton, are retiring. Congratulations to the Leungs and to Pickart for their many years of good eats. Both Chill Out and Golden City will be missed.