It's a touristy, expense-account-heavy spot for lunches and early dinners, but MarketBar is sure to be missed by many after establishing its place at one corner of the Ferry Building over two decades.
The California-style brasserie is shutting its doors after unsuccessful lease negotiations with landlord Hudson Pacific Properties, which purchased the Ferry Building back in 2018. As the Chronicle reports via owner Doug Biederbeck, MarketBar was doing just fine, business-wise. But, he says, "We were unable to reach a satisfactory, sensible number for the extension of the lease."
MarketBar is therefore set to close in late April.
This closure follows on a couple of other prominent closures in the Ferry Building: Traci Des Jardins' Mijita, which closed last month after 15 years just as its lease was running out; and Tanya Holland's Brown Sugar Kitchen, which closed its counter-service spot just weeks later after less than a year in business.
In general the Ferry Building has been seeing some high-profile turnover in its retail array in the last couple of years, though some stalwarts remain from the early days of the building's renovation and redevelopment in the early 2000s. Slanted Door, of course, remains established on the building's north side. And Hog Island Oyster Company has occupied a spot next door, facing the water, since 2005. Also, the burger joint once known as Taylor's Refresher and later Gott's Roadside, has been doing business on Ferry Plaza since 2005 as well.
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