Readers of this blog and the pages on this website will understand the reasons for this action, this building having fallen into disrepair, the owners seemingly unable to secure it and it now seemingly attracting criminal behavior. Nonetheless this news will be met with sadness by many locals who knew the restaurant when it was operating and we sympathize with that view. The building and grounds had great potential though the location has increasingly become problematic as foot-traffic has diminished over the years, leaving the Rock Garden a restaurant that to be viable had to be well-promoted and with an offering that would be attractive enough for people to make an effort to go there for. Of course the recession didn't help either.
Our understanding is that the developers who acquired the fee land running back to Belardo along with the Rock Garden building are only intending to obtain entitlements for the construction of residences, i.e. once they acquired it early last year it was unlikely ever to be returned to use as a functioning restaurant, unless perhaps if they were unable to get such entitlements, in which case they might have sold it on to someone else who might, just possibly, have wanted to run it as such. Then again possibly not.
No matter how nostalgic one may be for the Rock Garden of the past, the reality is that it now is a gutted, boarded-up building that has been taken over by people engaging in anti-social and criminal behavior and the current owners seem either unable or unwilling to deal with that, leaving no other option than for it to be destroyed in order to help prevent that behavior.