shooting_nighttime.jpgThe Port of San Francisco has terminated the lease of a Mission Bay restaurant and dance cafe where a man was fatally shot earlier this month, a port spokeswoman said today.

The city’s Entertainment Commission had shut down Jelly’s, located on Pier 50 at 295 Terry A. Francois Blvd., for seven days after the early morning killing of 39-year-old Lee Farley, of Richmond, on July 11.

No arrests have been made in the slaying, which happened outside the club following an argument inside, police said.

The shooting was not the first at Jelly’s. On Jan. 6, 2008, 34-year-old Clarence Corbin, of Antioch, was shot dead during a fight outside the establishment.

Violence, coupled with noise complaints from neighbors, prompted port officials to serve Jelly’s this week with a 30-day lease termination order, effective Aug. 18, port spokeswoman Renee Dunn Martin said.

“We just felt that it’s in the best interest of the port, and the best interest of the public, that we not continue their lease,” Martin said. “It’s really more about concern about public safety, from the port’s perspective.”

Martin said police had been called to Jelly’s “numerous times” over the years, and the lease language calls for a full-service restaurant, “not a nightclub,” she said. Jelly’s offers weekly live music and dance events.

Jelly’s has been paying a base rent of only about $3,600 per month since it opened at Pier 50 in 1993, Martin said.

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  • art b

    It seems to me that this is more about someone wanting this land then it has to do with “protecting” the public. So occasionally police get called, but isn’t that pretty much true of every bar? While it’s tragic that someone got shot, what the heck does that have do with Jellies? If we closed down every bar where someone got in a fight, got arrested for drunk driving, or pissing in the street etc, basically they would to close about sixty percent of the bars in the city.

    No my guess is that owner signed a really good deal on a property that nobody wanted at the time. But now that there is a ballpark there, people with money want the space and the city wants access to their money. Forget about the owner who probably but in blood sweat and tears over almost 20 years to build a successful business.

    Something smells fishy, and as they say, all you have to do is follow the money.