As a humble small business owner, Simon Chan said he was shocked.
“I had no idea I had a webpage,” Chan told FOX40.
He was referring to a Facebook page called “Save Simon’s,” which has been liked by more than 1,200 people.
The page was created by his patrons who don’t want Simon’s to close.
Chan said he has not been asked to shut the doors of his downtown Sacramento Chinese restaurant, but the rumors that he’ll soon be forced out, along with regular restaurant patrons like Mayor Kevin Johnson and Gov. Jerry Brown have been overwhelming.
“I have been here for 31 years, paying the rent,” Chan said.
He added that he wouldn’t be shutting down because business is bad.
His restaurant near 16th and N is on state land.
A Capitol Area Development Authority spokesperson acknowledged to FOX40 on Wednesday the staff’s eventual plans to build housing there.
In a statement, CADA spokesperson Wendy Saunders said:
“Those are rumors. CADA has no plans to close Simon’s. However, in a document that dates back to the 1970s, a written plan indicated the state’s plans to build housing on that lot.
In the past few years, 16th Street between P and N has been busy. Nearly every restaurant, bar and apartment complex is new.
But Simon says he is optimistic.
“Hopefully, when the time comes, we can work something out,” he said.
Saunders said currently, there is a toxic contamination cleanup going on next door to Simon’s.
“It will be several years before that’s even finished,” she said.
She added that nothing will be built until the cleanup is complete.