Antioch: Deal Falls Through, Humphrey’s Building Back Up for Lease

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The City of Antioch has put the Humphrey’s On the Delta building back on the market for lease as of May 13 according to the City.

In a letter dated April 26, the City informed Everett & Jones that it was excising its termination rights under the Mutual Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure Agreement. The termination was effective May 13, 2017.

In January of 2016, it was announced that Everett & Jones Barbecue hoped to be the new tenant at the old Humphrey’s Restaurant location.

The “Letter of Intent” for lease included a 5-year lease for the 12,400 square foot restaurant at $0.50 per square foot per month during the first 5-years of operation. For a second 5-year lease, the base rent will jump to $1 per square foot per month. They would also accept the building “as is” and will be required to perform “leasehold improvements”.

Mayor Sean Wright says the Letter sent does not mean Everett & Jones won’t come to Antioch; it just means they lost the exclusive rights to negotiate.

“I am still trying to push it through,” says Wright. “Everett & Jones sent a letter to the city saying they were pulling out. The letter was voted on and sent out by our staff. Basically what Everett & Jones has lost, they had the exclusive right to negotiate. It doesn’t mean they can’t come back with another offer and have it be accepted. What it has enabled us to see is if there is any other interest out there so that is what we are checking out.”

Wright says Everett & Jones are still interested, but the City is doing their due diligence in who else may be interested.

“Whoever ends up in the building, I hope they can become a long-term partner with the city,” says Wright. “I am open minded on whoever ends up at the Humphrey’s location. I would like to see a restaurant in there that can provide entertainment sooner rather than later to continue making Antioch destination city.”

The city has the advertisement posted on its website and currently seeking proposals. Those interested in the facility can schedule a tour by contacting Lizeht Zepeda at (925) 779-6168 or email lzepeda@ci.antioch.ca.us.

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17 COMMENTS

  1. Thank you for the info. This was not a good fit for this city. We wasted too much time on it.

  2. The City Staff is embarrassing. How could they screw this up as this appeared to be a done deal. Sad news for all as I was looking forward to something at this location other than an empty building. Some things never change, even with a new mayor and city manager, they will find a way to screw it up.

  3. that place is a dump from the junk ramp they put in to the junkys hangin out there the city needs to stop turning a blind eye to the old ramp and revamp rogers point

  4. Antioch is not, and will never be, a “destination city” until our council STOPS approving more new homes and STARTS cleaning up the empty lots and ghetto areas. Knock it over (old Food4Less plaza for one) and start from scratch! So disgusted with it all!

    • Completely agree. Unfortunately the current mayor thinks he knows what’s best for the city and he keeps saying he is going to make a difference. He hasn’t done anything.

  5. I simply can’t see this as a BBQ restaurant. It’s ON THE WATER —- a natural place for a fish house like DEAD FISH in Rodeo! We have very few restaurants on the river and there are businesses in other parts of the state who would give their eyeteeth to have a river flow by it. Also, are there any businesses which would conduct river cruises, from Antioch to Stockton?

  6. Nothing will change until the city starts removing buildings that do not bring people to downtown. Yes, that is every building. Nothing is historic until the people agree with their foot traffic to see the history. Rebuild a community that is modern with fantastic views of the converging rivers and bay. Then lure the manufactures to take advantage of the riverfront property and penthouses for their management. In the mean time kindly and if you must aggressively move the troublemakers and mentally ill to a community that makes sense for them. Which is Antioch right now.

  7. ANTIOCH JUST MOVED TO A CRAPY TOWN AND MOVED THAT WAY SINCE 89 AND JUST GOT WORSE AND PEOPLE NOTICED BECAUSE OF THE SMELL AND WOMEN GOT PICKED UP AND FUCKED SO ALL BAD WISHES ON TRAILER PARK ANTIOCH

  8. ANTIOCH JUST MOVED TO A CRAPY TOWN AND MOVED THAT WAY SINCE 89 AND JUST GOT WORSE AND PEOPLE NOTICED BECAUSE OF THE SMELL AND WOMEN GOT PICKED UP AND FUCKED SO ALL BAD WISHES ON TRAILER PARK ANTIOCH

  9. I for one, miss the nicer dining that Humphreys offered. I can’t visualize a bbq place drawing in the kind of money or clientele it would need to sustain a establishment of its size.

  10. Rivertown Resident

    Everyone knows that small Buisness is being driven out of the East Bay. The Historical Downtown Antioch has empty storefronts just waiting for Entrepreneurs who can’t afford the Swollen Greed of Landlords in the East Bay. Don’t get rid of any current Buisnesses, but it needs to be a Safe, Family Friendly, with Fun Shopping and Dining. A Cafe and or Coffee Shop with Outdoor seating where you can have a nice Breakfast without being accosted by Drug Addicts or Panhandlers. We Need Good Lighting at Night City Wide for Security and a Police presence for the Criminals. Bring the Food Trucks to Downtown Antioch on Saturday, Bring a Farmers Market to Downtown Antioch with Music and Entertainment. If Familes would feel safe going to our Downtown they Will Come.
    Antioch City Leaders Get your “Shit Together”!

  11. It would be nice if a decent restaurant with good service and live entertainment went in there but no one can go out in this town between transients and nutcase drivers. It is becoming this way in ALL of Contra Costa. I agree with above posters. Nothing will change here. Clean up the town. We are all paying a boatload of property taxes fir poor quality of life. Glad I don’t have kids that have to go to school here. Bring back ferry service. E-BART underplanned and will never be safe. You can’t even take Tri-Valley without getting stabbed and killed.

  12. Have you eaten at the BBQ restaurant on Locust Street in Walnut Creek ” Sauced” it is phenomenal! Another sad state about Antioch, the fact that I have to drive to Walnut Creek for a great dinner when we could have a great one in our backyard!
    Antioch leaders enjoy your time until we vote you out because you aren’t keeping any of your promises.

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