Henflings iconic black and white metal sign has apparently been stolen. It was there Thursday night and gone Friday morning.
In the hubbub of Memorial Day weekend, Christine, the manager of Henflings who declined to give her last name, said she hadn’t even noticed the theft until Monday morning, but there is video evidence it was gone on Friday.
“We have proof it was missing on Friday night,” she said. “The sign has been here forever, it’s part of the building’s atmosphere. Now there is just a big vacant area where it was.”
As of Tuesday, the theft had not yet been reported to law enforcement. A Facebook campaign has been started to find any information and possibly to raise a reward. Christine said she planned to call the Sheriff’s Office if the sign was not soon recovered.
One patron, Rich “Cadillac” Grove, said he would give a cash reward, variable upon the information that was provided.
“It’s not just the sign that everyone is upset about, it’s also the lack for respect for something that has withstood 50 years of time and weather, and is one of the last pieces of recognizable history still seen in the San Lorenzo Valley, which has changed dramatically over the years,” Grove said. “That sign was originally one of two pieces that were placed on the roof of the original Henflings in a ‘V,’ illuminated by flood lights. The building itself was about 50 yards back from where it is now, in the area currently occupied by Scarborough Lumber's parking lot. The very idea that someone can just steal something iconic from our local meeting place and watering hole for no reason or need … sucks.”
Grove said if the vandals who took it bring it back, there’ll be no questions asked or charges made, and the reward is theirs, too.
“It’s so sad,” said Christine, who has been working at Henflings nine years. “If it’s somewhere in the valley, we’ll find it. The valley is only so big.”