Eight-year-old Hayes Valley favorite Bar Jules is set to shutter after brunch on Sunday, April 5, as Inside Scoop reports. The decision to close is a personal one for chef-owner Jessica Boncutter, who's currently eight months pregnant, despite the fact that the restaurant has been a financial and critical success.
The restaurant has been a hit from the outset. When it opened in 2007, the radical bouge-i-fication of Hayes Valley was not yet in full swing, and Boncutter's satisfying, rustic take on California Mediterranean cuisine was a much needed addition to the neighborhood. It's been equally loved as a lunch/brunch spot as it has for dinner, with its brief, daily changing, seasonal menu written up each day on two chalkboards in the dining room.
It sounds as though the bright and cozy space is getting handed off to another chef who has not yet been identified, and Boncutter says she "just wanted to pass it on to someone who will take care of it and respects the space." Stay tuned for news on that probably very soon.
Of course not every neighborhood restaurant can live on for decades, and Bar Jules has certainly had a good run especially when one considers it's had the same chef-owner running things for all eight years.
Get over there while you still can.
Bar Jules - 609 Hayes Street at Laguna