There are a few more end-of-summer restaurant closures to chalk up, and these include yet another for the closure-prone Castro, whose residents are going to be staring at a lot of darkened storefronts for many months to come.
First off, two big destinations for Giants fans, Pete's Tavern and Pedro's Cantina, have called it quits after 12 years on King Street. Additionally, as Giants season winds down, the nearby location of Amici's East Coast Pizzeria also just shut its doors, as KRON 4 reports.
Giants fans who were around for the team's even-year World Series glory in 2010, 2012, and 2014 may have memories of pre- or post-game beers at Pete's, and hopefully a new business will move in on the space, as well as its companion taqueria.
Also, as of Sunday, another Mexican spot, Papi Rico, closed its doors for good on Castro Street, per Hoodline. The closure is not much of a surprise — it has seemed to struggle to find customers from the day it opened in May 2018, it closed for a strange five-month "hiatus" earlier this year, and sister restaurant Finn Town just closed last month. One of the owners of Papi Rico, Rick Hamer, tells Hoodline that the reason for the closure is a lack of foot traffic in the area, something he also cited for the closure of Finn Town.
It sounds as though, like Finn Town, time remains on the lease, and the space will be made available for pop-ups and events.
Papi Rico's closure comes on the heels of a half dozen other restaurant shutterings in the Castro neighborhood this year. Those include two around the corner from Papi Rico, Firewood and Eureka Restaurant and Lounge, as well as Izakaya Sushi Ran, Chow, and Chow's replacement, Cooke Shoppe. Add to that the papered over or darkened windows of flower shop Ixia, Coldwell Banker, Espressamente Illy,the former Fashion Exchange at 2215 Market Street, and Unionmade, and you have a neighborhood that's beginning to feel half closed at all times.
Neighborhood supervisor Rafael Mandelman got some new legislation passed in July that will make the permitting process easier for restaurants and galleries on the stretch of Market Street between Van Ness and Castro, but this doesn't help the parts of the neighborhood not on the Market Street corridor. It also doesn't help the issue of exorbitant rents, which some landlords are demanding despite the well documented struggles of retail businesses nationwide.