Cats: Did the waiter specifficaly say that there was a Starbucks going into that space. Or, was that something that you drew a conclusion about. Starbucks bought out a muffin shop (or something similar) on PCH (pink building) about 8 years ago and I don't think it ever went well in that location. Not sure it's still there.
It IS sad when you have such a long history with a retaurant that it almost takes on a personna, memories, personel, favorite dishes, etc. As I said in another post, it's like writing an obituary column: "Restaurants I have loved and lost". It seems you will always compare the new restaurant to the former one and the new place never seems to ever match the old one, much less surpass it.