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A running list of notable Bay Area restaurants and bars that have permanently closed
This is a curated list of the Bay Area’s most notable and permanent restaurant and bar closures, with new updates published once a week. See a closing we missed? Then drop us a line.
EMBARCADERO — After almost 20 years at the Ferry Building, Golden Gate Meat Co. will close on August 20. The San Francisco Chronicle reports the business is an offshoot of the wholesale business of the same name, which launched in 1977. The business declined to comment on the closing.
SOMA — Chantal Guillon is officially over San Francisco. The macaron shop took to Instagram to say August 12 is the last day at the SoMa storefront. Thankfully, SFGATE points out, the Palo Alto location remains open.
CASTRO — Nash’s Hot Chicken is calling it quits after five months so the owners can open a sushi business instead, citing a customer base interested in healthier food options. Hoodline reports the restaurant will flip over on September 1.
EMERYVILLE — Everyone took a turn with the potential headlines, but SFGATE said it first: late night, Greenday-affiliated business Rudy’s Can’t Fail closed on August 8. The business garnered lots of attention during its decades-long run, even bringing in long-tenured Mayor of Flavortown Guy Fieri.
OAKLAND — Downtown Oakland Sri Lankan and Jamaican restaurant Anula’s Cafe closed at the beginning of August. KQED writes the final day of service was a party, and owner Anula Edirisinghe, who ran the business for 13 years, is happy to be retiring — though she’ll still do some catering here and there.
OAKLAND — The Brooklyn Basin location of Rocky’s Market is shuttering on August 31, East Bay Times reports. Owner Corinne Kinczel said the lack of business took its toll through the two years the business operated in the area. The original location at 1440 Leimert Boulevard will remain intact.
CIVIC CENTER — The Asian Art Museum’s cafe, Sunday at the Museum, closed July 31 after four years under chef Deuki Hong’s Sunday Family Hospitality Group, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The space paired Hong’s modern, Asian American food and desserts, with drinks from Boba Guys. Hong’s other ventures — Sunday Bakeshop and Sunday Social — remain open, while Sunday Gather temporarily closed for the month of July and is expected to reopen this month.
UNION SQUARE — A tipster noted that fried chicken sandwich purveyor Flybird has flown the coop from its Kearny Street location in Union Square. Fans of the brand should note, however, that the Tiburon location looks to be alive and well.
TENDERLOIN — Korean restaurant Lucky Pig closed permanently, with the owners stating the restaurant “reached a point where we can no longer be certain of our ability to operate trying to manage the shortages of supplies and staff, while keeping up with continued skyrocketing costs,” SFGATE reports. The restaurant first landed in the space in 2018.
HAIGHT — Broke-Ass Stuart broke the sad news that Club Deluxe is closing. A repost of owner Sarah Wilde’s announcement shared that the owner would like the club to move and continue, but are unsure how or when that might happen. “We need these investors to see us as having value in our community, but they do not, and so we vanish from the cityscapes they come into,” Wilde writes. There may be a little time left to patronize and play at Club Deluxe, as Wilde mentions there is still a “chance to grab a set” in her post.
NOE VALLEY — Lehr’s German Specialties, with all of its goods and specialty food items, is shutting down after 48 years in the neighborhood, according to SFGATE.
OAKLAND — Anula’s Cafe, serving Jamaican and Sri Lankan food for 13 years in downtown Oakland, is closing as of Thursday, August 4. Owner Anula Edirisinghe told the Chronicle it wasn’t easy to decide to close. “This is like my life, I love to cook, I love the people,” Edirisinghe says. “I talk to almost everybody. I get them fresh food. I make them smile in the face.”
OAKLAND — Rocky’s Market Brooklyn Basin is closing up shop after two years of food and performances. Mercury News reports the market, along with Two Local Girls, will be leaving the space at the end of the month. There will be some performances in the outdoor space before then, and Rocky’s on Leimert Boulevard will remain open.
BERKELEY — The Torpedo Room, the Berkeley taproom for Sierra Nevada Brewing, shut down operations at the end of July after nearly 10 years, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
SACRAMENTO — Taylor’s Kitchen closed its doors July 28, citing ongoing staffing issues, the restaurant stated on its Instagram. The Sacramento Bee noted the restaurant was known for its “New American fare and strong wine selection”; the market, meanwhile, will remain open.
NOE VALLEY — Paxti’s, the deep-dish specialist with locations in California, Colorado, and Washington, has closed its Noe Valley outpost on 24th Street, Tablehopper spotted. SFGATE paid tribute, noting that of the four locations once open in the city, only the Hayes Valley restaurant remains open today.
INNER RICHMOND — Guo “Lam” Yu, 62, and Li “Hong” Chen, 58, immigrated to San Francisco in 1984, eventually opening a bakery and restaurant on Clement Street in 1991. Now the couple plans to retire, SFGATE reports, which means shutting down their business Red A Bakery sometime in mid-August.
SAN MATEO — Palo Alto Online eulogized San Mateo’s 84-year-old Wing Fat restaurant, which served its final meals on July 24 after serving as a home-away-from-home for generations of Chinese American families and immigrants. The restaurant first opened in 1947 and is one of a handful of businesses displaced by an upcoming new development.
SANTA CLARA — After four decades of fresh fish and briny oysters, the Santa Clara location of the Fish Market has closed for good. Per SFGATE, the restaurant located at 3775 El Camino Real opened in 1976 and struggled to find its footing in the wake of a forced temporary closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Locations in Palo Alto and San Mateo remain open, according to the restaurant’s website.
SACRAMENTO — South Sacramento lost a destination for Lao-style khao soi, the Bee reports. Khao Soy House Thai Restaurant closed after just three years in business on July 22; owner Nai Leng Phomphakdy made the announcement on social media.
SACRAMENTO — And just in time for summer, Sacramento also lost a downtown ice cream parlor. Also via the Bee comes news that Devil May Care, which opened in 2016 in West Sacramento, served its final scoops last week. The announcement came via Instagram and owner Jess Milbourn said the business was served an eviction notice after being unable to meet rent costs.
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OAKLAND — On July 29, Taiwan Bento will pack its last lunches. On Instagram the business announced its departure from the Bay Area food scene, attributing the shuttering to “many challenges in this industry, as well as hurt by a community member that we had devoted efforts and heart” in addition to a death in the family of co-owner Stacy Tang. The restaurant is known for bringing comfort to many a Taiwanese expat in search of food that reminds them of home, like when the restaurant rolled out dan bing in 2021.
BERKELEY — For 36 years 70-year-old Ryoji Arakaki served nigiri and rolls of all sorts to students and families alike on Martin Luther King Jr Way. Now, according to Nosh, Arakaki is saying it’s time to find new owners. If new ownership doesn’t come in soon, he says he’ll have to simply close the business.
SAN JOSE — A big development project is taking the keys to 4th Street Pizza in downtown San Jose and locking the doors for good. San José Spotlight writes that the 16-year-old business will close its shop in October when the lease expires. Across the street from then-newly constructed city hall, the pizza place is a favorite for city workers and San Jose State University students.
LOWER PAC HEIGHTS — Anyone driving down Pine Street has likely noticed the navy blue awning of Gourmet Carousel restaurant, a more-than 25-year-old neighborhood staple perched on the corner of Pine at Bush Street. Last week Tablehopper spotted a transfer of the restaurant’s liquor license that seems to both confirm the closure — and plans for a new owner to revive the space.
LOWER HAIGHT — As Eater SF previously reported, legacy business Two Jack’s Nik’s Place on Haight near Webster Street has closed after more than 45 years in business. Second generation owner and operator Nikki Cooper made the announcement on Instagram, adding that the restaurant’s staff will be able to move over to Two Jack’s Seafood in the Bayview.
LAUREL HEIGHTS — Also via Tablehopper comes confirmation of the closure of Derm Restaurant, a Thai restaurant on Geary Boulevard between Spruce Street and Parker Avenue. The restaurant hasn’t made any public announcements about closing, but the restaurant’s phone line doesn’t ring and the business is marked as permanently closed on Google and Yelp.
SACRAMENTO — Sacramento burger destination the Shack will serve its last meals at 5201 Folsom Boulevard on July 31, the Bee reports. The restaurant made the announcement on Facebook writing in part, “From the bottom of our hearts, we want to thank our customers that have supported us for over 17 years, and helped us create the wonderful community that we love so very much.”
OUTER SUNSET — The first of a few Outer Sunset mentions is the most notable: inspiration to toast-enthusiasts and cold water swimmers everywhere, Trouble Coffee packed its bags suddenly last week. After 15 years, Giulietta Carreli took to Instagram to let her fans know that she was moving on. DamnFine, a pizza place up the road, took the keys to the shop from Carrelli as of July 2, according to the Chronicle.
OUTER SUNSET — Just off of 19th Avenue on Taraval Street, Eater SF noticed the lights off at Yogurt Gogo. The small shop’s Apple Maps entry is listed as “permanently closed,” and the phone number is disconnected, though it’s hard to know just when the final yogurt was swirled.
OUTER SUNSET — Lanna Thai Restaurant, right down the street from Yogurt Gogo, is permanently closed, too. While various online outlets list the restaurant as open, Yelp’s banner photo for the restaurant is a photo of a retirement announcement posted in August 2019. The sign says the restaurant was in business for 31 years.
EMERYVILLE — Patatas Kitchen closed on June 3 after nearly ten years in business. According to the Chronicle, the restaurant partners with the East Bay German International School and will continue providing school lunches until the end of the calendar year.
BERKELEY — Despite community pushback and lots of brouhaha, Berkeley tapas bar César is closing on July 23. The outrage and contention began when Berkeleyside reported in January that longtime landlord and neighbor Chez Panisse planned to end the bar’s sublease agreement this year.
HAYWARD — Buffalo Bill’s Brewery, an East Bay favorite founded by 84-year-old photographer Bill Owens, closed after 40 years in service. The Chronicle reports no particular reason was given for the closure. Owens photographed the infamous Rolling Stones Altamont concert in 1969 touted himself as the pioneer of the pumpkin ale.
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