From left to right – Ocie and Arthur Thompson of Thompson Funeral Home, Hs Lordship Owner John Tillichett and Dwayne “DVD” Davis.
Hs Lordships, site of countless Berkeley lunches and meetings, closed July 1, according to Specialty Restaurants Corporation (SRC), the owner. The restaurant opened on Seawall Drive, near the Berkeley Pier, in 1969. The 50-year lease that SRC had with the city was nearly finished.
“We want to end on a high note and honor Hs Lordships before it takes its final sail,” said John Tallichet, President and CEO, SRC. SRC owns operates 21 restaurants nationwide.
SRC notified the City of Berkeley of the closure this morning. According to city spokesperson Matthai Chakko, the city will be evaluating all the options for the property. Chakko also noted that city staff had proposed in the current budget process developing a masterplan and evaluation for the entire marina area.
Hs Lordships—often mistakenly called His Lordships—was one of the few venues in Berkeley that had room for hundreds of diners, so it has long been the go-to destination for gala lunches and other events.