"Toni Petroro, owner and manager of Pinnacle Peak, said she has assured customers she will find a new location if the rezone is approved. She’s concerned that loyal customers will think she’s closing and drop her eatery from their dining routine."
Customers have flocked this week to Pinnacle Peak and the Omelette Factory, which is on the same property, fearing the imminent closure of beloved local eateries. Pinnacle Peak has been in Santee for 30 years, and an email from the City Manager said the steakhouse would be relocating within Santee, if it comes to that.
The City Council voted last week specifically to allow the property owner to apply for a rezone with the city, the first step in the process that may lead to a mix of homes and apartments being developed on that property.
"The headline in the next day’s newspaper [UT] said: 'Two longtime restaurants on their way out in Santee,' and, unfortunately, people got upset.
"The council’s action gave the property owner, Hattie Davisson Properties L.P., permission to apply for a rezone from neighborhood commercial to medium-high residential and authorized city staff to evaluate the request.
That action does not forecast how the council will ultimately decide the issue, it merely signals the start of a review process that could take up to a year to complete."