For restaurants trying to weather the storm of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), times are bleak. In San Francisco, with staggering costs for rent and labor, keeping a restaurant afloat is never easy, but with customers working from home and practicing social distancing, the toll is sinking food businesses. The Golden Gate Restaurant Association and others are predicting widespread closures in the coming weeks and months, both temporary and permanent, according to the SF Business Times.
Here’s a running list of Bay Area restaurants’ coronavirus-related closings thus far. But the situation is changing rapidly, and this article will be updated regularly, so if you spot any closings, please submit a tip.
Mission Chinese Food in San Francisco will be closing temporarily starting on Monday. Open regular hours for Saturday and Sunday eat-in, takeout and delivery.— Mission Chinese Food (@Missionstfood) March 14, 2020
- Steep Creamery & Tea, the boba and Thai-style rolled ice cream shop with three locations in SF, is temporarily closed. In an Instagram announcement, the shop said closing was “the right & responsible” thing to do: “We don’t know if this is it. We don’t know what’s next. Truth is, no ones really knows.”
- Per Instagram, Nick’s Pizza in Oakland is closed at least through the end of the weekend (through March 15).
- Oakland’s Benchmark Pizza will close for three weeks beginning on March 17, its website says.
- Union Square fine dining destination Sons and Daughters announced via Instagram that it would close for two weeks as of Friday, March 13.
- Bar Agricole, Trou Normand, and Nommo — staples of San Francisco’s craft cocktail scene — are all closed, effective immediately. Bar Agricole was already planning to close and to move to a new location in the Mission later this year, but “these uncertain times” pushed the timing of that closure up by about a month. On its website, Trou Normand noted that it would reopen as soon as public health officials indicate that it’s safe to do so. Nommo will also be closed until further notice.
- The Mina Group’s Ramen Bar is temporarily closed. A press release noted that business has been down since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, and that sister restaurant Pabu, which remains open, may serve some Ramen Bar dishes in the interim.
- Hina Yakitori, a Divisadero Street yakitori hot spot known for its omakase-style tasting menu (and current heatmap selectee), will close temporarily after having a final day of service on Saturday, March 14. Chef Tommy Cleary tells Eater that the restaurant hasn’t been lacking in customers, and that he’s making the decision strictly in hopes of stopping the spread of coronavirus: “Jeopardizing the public for profit is not the way to go.” The restaurant’s staff will remain on payroll during the closure, Cleary says. He says he’ll monitor the news weekly to make a decision on when the restaurant will reopen.
- Ju-ni, the nearby 12-seat omakase spot (which shares some of the same co-owners as Hina), will close for one week, from March 16–21, and will reevaluate at the end of the week. “This is for the protection of you, our guests, and also our team, who we consider family,” the restaurant posted on Instagram.
- La Taqueria, the golden burrito icon in the Mission, is closing temporarily due to health and safety concerns. It will be folding its final tacos on Sunday, March 15. An Instagram post reassured fans that employees would be paid.
- Piperade, the Basque restaurant near Levi’s Plaza, that’s served beautifully sauced fish and stuffed peppers for nearly 20 years, is temporarily closing starting on Monday, March 16. Chef-owner Gerald Hirogoyen paraphrased the Governator, saying “As Arnold would say, #wewillbeback.”
- Al’s Deli has closed after less than a year of smoked salmon hot pockets and falafel corn dog bites (although we might miss the pink flamingo wallpaper in the bathroom most of all). Chef Aaron London said the more casual spinoff from Michelin-starred Al’s Place never reached the big volume that he hoped, and the onset of coronavirus fears didn’t help.
- Two of the largest restaurants in Oakland Chinatown, Peony Seafood and Buffet Fortuna, are closing temporarily, according to the SF Chronicle. The president of the Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce estimated that neighborhood restaurants have lost 50 to 75 percent of their business.
- Vegan Picnic, the vegan deli that stacks comforting sandwiches, has temporarily closed its Union Street location until April 1, as confirmed on the company’s website. The Polk Street location remains open.
- Grant and Green Saloon, a jazzy dive bar in North Beach, is closing indefinitely on March 26, Hoodline reported first. A Facebook post cited coronavirus concerns, and hoped for relief for small businesses.
Source: Thanks https://sf.eater.com/2020/3/13/21179159/coronavirus-restaurant-closings-sf