Nearly 50 years after she crossed the tracks and took over the site of what was once a bordello immortalized in John Steinbeck’s writing, the Queen of Cannery Row’s reign ends this week.
Kalisa Moore, 81, longtime owner of Kalisa’s, will close her doors Tuesday. The La Ida Cafe building where she’s fed and entertained guests since 1958, has been sold to local restaurateur Chris Shake, who plans to open a new cafe this spring.
Over five decades, as Cannery Row changed from an industrial area to a tourist mecca, Moore fed actors and writers, people down on their luck and others high on life at the two-story cafe and cabaret.
Kalisa, thanks for making my world an amazing place. Hi Riga!