A sign posted July 18 on the door of Tropics stated the owners had hoped to reopen the following weekend. But before the weekend arrived, the owners had stopped telling customers they were looking for a quick reopening and closed the piano bar and restaurant indefinitely.
“First and foremost, we would like to express our deepest gratitude to the many wonderful patrons who have supported Tropics Piano Bar & Restaurant over the years. It is with great regret to inform everyone we are temporarily closed. Thank you again for your patronage and we hope to reopen in the future,” reads a July 20 post on Tropics’ Facebook page.
No other details were offered and Tropics did not respond to an interview request from SFGN. But legal issues may be the cause of the closure.
The current owner, Jackson Padgett, is involved in a legal dispute with former owners Alex Meyer and Ira Thompson. According to public records, Thompson and Meyer filed a writ of possession against Padgett and Tropics after they claim he failed to make a monthly payment to them of $4,541. The writ was filed July 11. Padgett filed a challenge July 14.
The social statement by Tropics was met with disappointed comments by patrons on social media.
“Sad to see it close. Fun place,” wrote Donna Deptuch. “Sure hope things can be worked out soon…we miss our Tropics. Not to mention the martinis,” wrote Roy Stoutamyer. “Oh wow, sad to hear of this, sad,” wrote Bruce Bates.
Opened in 1992, the restaurant, located at the south end of the street, is one of Wilton Drive’s oldest businesses. Although Tropics billed itself as a gay and lesbian establishment, it attracted non-LGBT patrons as well.
“The food was great especially the breakfast buffet. When the park was named after me they donated a lot of food for the ceremony,” wrote M.E. DePalma, who also remembered a birthday party hosted there by her late husband Skip Mackey. “I haven't been there in quite a while except for a lunch which was nowhere near as good as it used to be. I miss it!”