Point Loma Bakery Locks Door During Business Hours Due to Disruptions by Unhoused People – Customers Need to Ring Bell

by on August 14, 2023 · 11 comments

in Homelessness, Ocean Beach

A Point Loma bakery has announced that they are in “lock down until further notice” due to disruptions by unhoused people at their business.

Phatties Bake Shop in the 4100 block of Voltaire Street will still be open during business hours, but customers need to ring a bell for admittance. The bake shop continues to be open to the public daily from 7 p.m. to 2 p.m.

The owners say that they’ve been dealing with unhoused people stealing products, destroying property, coming in and screaming, and even one entering the bakery armed with a crowbar.

“Over the past few weeks, we have dealt with people who are unhoused coming in and grabbing product and leaving,” the bakery said in an Instagram post. The bakery’s Instagram post was a photo of a reportedly unhoused individual armed with a crowbar.

“Due to the recent events, we are locking our doors and welcoming all guests. Just push the button on the left side,” a sign detailed as the bakery entered lock down mode.

The bakery was acknowledged as having the best doughnut in San Diego by San Diego Reader’s Choice Awards in 2022. Phatties Bakery opened in 2020, touting their “world-famous” scratch, vegan, and gluten-free bakery treats and espresso drinks.

News source: CBS8 (their initial report said the bakery was in Ocean Beach, but later changed their report to Point Loma.)

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

kh August 14, 2023 at 2:54 pm

Well they corrected the location at least. It doesn’t make it any less awful, but it seems like the negative stories in the surrounding area too often get attributed to Ocean Beach.


Frank Gormlie August 14, 2023 at 7:36 pm

Yup, you’re right there. Too often the media jumps on any negative story with the OB smear. Everyone knows 92107 covers more than OB. But on the other hand, people in Pt Loma like to call where they live “OB.” – Status. So “OB” has this double meaning.


Geoff Page August 14, 2023 at 4:04 pm

Wow, I have contacted news media several times about mistaking areas for OB and they never respond and never change. I was about to do it again for this story. Good to hear.


Chris August 14, 2023 at 4:33 pm

Maybe they can do what some 7/11s are doing and blast classical music. Tho what if the unhoused individual is a classical music aficionado?


lw August 14, 2023 at 6:57 pm

Once again our fine city’s policies at work. Tax paying business owners get NO SUPPORT. It keeps the patrons away…I don’t want to have to deal with I’ll go else where. Way to FUNKY.


Debbie August 14, 2023 at 7:16 pm

The bakery address has 92107 zip code – 4143 Voltaire St, San Diego, CA 92107 so it’s easy to call it OB

And …The dude is a filthy scum bag!


Frank Gormlie August 14, 2023 at 7:36 pm

Whoa! Which dude? The dude with the crowbar or …?


Steve Zivolich August 15, 2023 at 9:17 am

I think you meant a 7 a.m. start time.
Sad to see this unresolved problem.
This is a local and national issue, for people who need lots of support.


Vern August 15, 2023 at 11:37 am

Went by Phatties an hour ago. Front door wide open and doing business as usual. No lock-down.


Bearded OBcean August 15, 2023 at 1:23 pm

I’m genuinely curious because I’ve seen it referenced in both manners, but why is unhoused increasingly used in place of homeless?


Frank Gormlie August 15, 2023 at 2:52 pm

People living outside have criticized the terms “homeless people” because they do have a home (outside, tent, etc) – they just need a house, so they’re unhoused.


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