Star chef Traci Des Jardins, who last year closed her 21-year-old flagship restaurant Jardiniere, has also just closed her fast-casual Mexican spot at the Ferry Building, Mijita, after 15 years in business.
Des Jardins tells the Chronicle that the time was right to close because of an impending rent increase, and her lease at the space was up.
This may not be the end of Mijita, though, which at one point Des Jardins planned to expand beyond San Francisco — and which also at one point had a second location at AT&T (now Oracle) Park. As she tells the Chron, it was "a successful project for us and it’s just the right formula, so I wouldn’t be surprised if I reinstate it."
But in the meantime, as Eater notes, Des Jardins has been planning a new Mexican concept elsewhere in SF, with a location and opening date still TBA. Des Jardins, well cutting her teeth in fine dining kitchens, has Mexican roots and has consistently expressed interest in exploring more of Mexican cuisine. She already operates the upscale Mexican spot Arguello in the Presidio, as well as the nearby Commissary, and the Dogpatch bar School Night, as well as Public House at Oracle Park.