I've maintained the little church right next door for about the past 6 years, and when they added their parking lot a few years ago, no one said anything. If you look their asphalt goes right to the edge of the creek. LOL
I predict duplexes next door, with in the next 3 years.
I don't know what San Marcos' impervious cover restrictions are. I thought the city passed something a couple of years ago, but that was before my time here. If something does happen with the current building, hopefully it'll get made into a decent patio bar (oh, the potential...), or if they do build, hopefully it'll be apartments not duplexes. I don't see how they'd fit more than two duplexes on the property. It doesn't seem like that would be profitable. BTW, what ever happened to the Concho Commons project that was supposed to happen on the other side of campus? The sign said it was supposed to be finished in 2006.
Rivendell was the most unique restaurant ever in San Marcos. Very few people ate there regularly and few of them understood how much love went in to the preparation of their food and drink. The service was very slow and the food was never rushed. A zen lesson in slowing down and enjoying the simple things in life. Ignored by students looking for action and anathematized by money grubbing locals, Rivendell was invisible to the masses. San Marcos has lost more than a quaint little restaurant, it has lost one of the last vestiges of it's soul. Pave paradise...
Zen lessons are fine, but if you want to be a lunch place near campus, you should be reasonably fast. I don't know that that is why they shut down. They were in business for many years, so there was something there. I always enjoyed their food, but couldn't afford the wait very often.
Even an old sot like me will miss Rivendell. Great food, great people, great location. Best peach smoothie I've ever had. Snakeman used to live next door (uphill - now torn down). We'd get fired up and hit the 'dell for grub and eyeballing the elves. I feel sorry for you kids who didn't experience SM in it's prime when hippies ruled the earth. If you don't know Mosscliff (restaurant), Happy Trails (headshop), or the Green Buddha (coffee shop) you missed the boat. Rivendell was the last remnant of that Golden Era.
Damn right Spud. Best peach smoothie on the planet. Whatever happened to the Snakeman? There ought to be a thread on the SM Golden Era. Everyone's reality is/was a little different, so it could be very interesting. I'd place it at 69-78. Don't know if there are enough people on this forum with first hand experience to flesh it out properly.
With the economy in the dumpster and maybe another 86 hitting us it's possible that nothing will happen at the Rivendell location. And if the place just sits there for a while someone might just open another restaurant. That would be the easiest and cheapest thing to do. The vibes of the location and the glut of burger joints in town would preclude that a similar eatery would arise. Rivendell is dead, long live Rivendell.
I suppose anything is possible. Who would have thought Rivendell would last 30 years. I never saw it crowded. If it or something like it reopened there it would be another SM miracle. Stranger things have happened in this town.