One of the most consistent — and consistently depressing — threads of news during the pandemic to date has been the parade of permanent restaurant closures in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area. Some, like Locanda, cut out early without waiting to see how much time could be bought through takeout and federal stimulus loans. Others have hung on until recent weeks, almost making it into the fall which is traditionally a big season for new restaurant openings, and for returning to our neighborhood faves after summer travels.
Below is SFist's attempt to gather the list of fallen soldiers in our local restaurant world — nearly 70 and counting as of September 10, and this doesn't count the small operations that shuttered without fanfare or blog notices. For those of us who love food and more specifically love the restaurant culture that has evolved in San Francisco in the last couple decades, this is cause for some serious emotional doldrums.
Hopefully — hopefully! — the worst is behind us, the virus spread is slowing in a sustained way in SF, and some restricted indoor dining is on the horizon. Because if restaurants don't get to feed people indoors before the rains start to fall, a lot more are going to be in major trouble.
If you want to help, you can donate money to the Independent Restaurant Coalition, or use this form to write to a congressperson to urge them to take action to save small restaurants around the country. And, keep ordering that takeout and going to drink booze at restaurants with outdoor seating! They need your dollars more than you know.
And let us know of any permanent closures we missed at [email protected].
San Francisco's Permanently Closed Restaurants of 2020
Anchor & Hope
Baker Street Bistro
Cafe du Soleil
The Grove (Hayes Valley)
Hillside Supper Club
Pause Wine Bar
PicaPica Maize Kitchen
Vive La Tarte
Photo: Anastasiia Chepinska