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'Filter' coffeehouse in Hillcrest to close permanently on Dec. 24

"Filter" coffeehouse on University.
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San Diego Gay and Lesbian News has learned that the popular coffeehouse Filter on University Avenue in Hillcrest is closing.

It’s last day of operation will be on Saturday, December 24.

Word comes directly from the owner Steve Price, who says after six years of business in the popular Hillcrest community he can no longer afford the rent.

“The decline over the years has been a tough struggle, the raise in rents here in Hillcrest isn’t of a fair market rate given the ratio of people, crime, transients and cleanliness.”

He also feels many businesses are leaving Hillcrest for good because owners don't want to take the risk of people being harmed. 

“Given the police [department] is so short staffed it has also hurt local Hillcrest businesses to staying safe and secure. All these businesses constantly close in [Hillcrest] and nobody asks themselves why? It's very sad,” Price wrote in an email.

However, despite the bad news of the shuttering, Price extends his gratitude to the Hillcrest community, saying it’s always been a dream to own and operate a coffee shop in San Diego.

“I give huge thanks to my employees, my manager Ashely Hall for always being a great rock in support and standards,” Price told SDGLN. “Thank you to the group ‘POZabilities,’ whom have been coming here for nine-plus years and have an amazing leader Jerry Turner bringing a great group of guys together twice a week!”

The cafe not only served coffee drinks, and beer, it also had a breakfast and lunch menu as well as a selection of desserts.

“Again, thanks for the time and the memories," wrote Price, "but as everything Filter has run it's course. Peace and love."

Price also owned and operated "Filter" in North Park which also closed a few years ago. 

Filter coffeehouse is located at 1295 University Ave San Diego, 92103.

It will close permanently on Saturday December 24, 2016.