Thieves pilfer from Cliff House as officials say new restaurant may take over landmark

The National Park Service is reversing its decision on the future of the building that was home to the Cliff House. 

Park officials on Wednesday said they are now searching for a new tenant, for the landmark building, which will likely be a restaurant once again, possibly by spring. The operators of the Cliff House shut the landmark restaurant in December, blaming the NPS for not reaching an agreement on a new lease.

The park service initially said it wouldn't rent the building to a restaurant because of the current uncertainties of the restaurant industry during the pandemic.

Meanwhile, U.S. Park Police are searching for two thieves who broke into the Cliff House site and stole historic memorabilia.

The theft occurred on Jan. 26 in an overnight burglary, and a surveillance photo of the suspects was released.

Among the stolen items:  an old bathing suit, worn at the Sutro baths.