continued The man probably wouldn't transfer his loyalty to the restaurant two doors north of the Moon. He might not be allowed into the fancier place anyway. The restaurant is called Blue Ginger: Fine Chinese Cuisine. To get the edge on its competitors in the neighborhood, Blue Ginger had a sign out front reading, "All Entrées $9."
The resident said he would start eating more often at the Sun Cafe on the south side of Market between Fourth and Fifth. The Sun's menu and prices are similar to the Moon's. At the Sun, I encountered a reluctance to discuss the business situation similar to the one I experienced at the Moon. Likewise, I could find at the Recorder's Office no such fictitious business name as the Sun Cafe. I did get a comment out of the waitress, who appeared to be an owner at the Sun. To my question about having to move, she answered, "No, but things are constantly changing around here."
Eminent domain, recently used by Centre City Development Corporation against a downtown cigar-store owner, isn't the only kind of pressure on businesses that don't fit downtown revitalization efforts. Real estate pressures may yet force out the Golden West Hotel, on top of the KD Donuts and Moon Cafe departures. A sign of the recent times is that all three have been situated on Fourth squarely in between the Hard Rock Cafe at F Street to the north and Hooters at Market to the south. A little north of Hooters, the Shout! House advertises "Rock and Roll Dueling Bands."
Strolling out of the area toward the Blue Line trolley, I met a woman who had high praise for the Moon Cafe. Mickey Green came to San Diego eight years ago, when the first restaurant she visited was the Moon. She now worked in food services at the San Diego Convention Center. On her walks to and from work, Green had regularly stopped at the Moon Cafe. "They had excellent food," she said, "and I'm a certified food manager. I'm very sorry to see them go. They were always courteous and clean, and the food was fresh. My favorite dish was fried liver and onions. Next was the meatloaf with the mashed potatoes and green beans. I am very sorry to see them go."