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The Shutter: Karamanduka, Gustofino Bid Adieu

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It's a hard time for restaurants, and thus a busy time for The Shutter, the place for reports of any and all closings around town. As always, your sightings to This morning, we bring word of two relative newbies on their way to restaurant heaven.

2008_02_kara.jpg1) The Richmond: Despite a popular brunch service, Peruvian restaurant Karamanduka shuttered this past weekend after only two years in business. The new tenant at the 50-seat space at Clement and 19th will be an Italian restaurant called Tiziano. The locals' reaction: "I'm so sad to see this place go! And for another Italian restaurant!" [Shutter Inbox]

2) The Castro: We mentioned it in passing at the end of last week, but Gustofino Fine Foods has officially joined the deep ranks of failed local enterprises as well, although a three-month lifespan is shorter than most. According to various chowhounds on the scene, the culprit was "insufficient capital," also known as poor business planning. In any event, it appears that a bakery will take its place at 248 Church Street. [CH]

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