But it's not all gloom and doom. Courtesy of The Dish, here we have a handful of shiny, optimistic newcomers ready to brave the storm.
1) Palo Alto: Down the Peninsula, the Cass Calder Smith-designed Reposado has opened in all its 160-seat, 6,000-square-foot glory. It's a Mexican restaurant from Palo Alto Creamery owner Rob Fischer, and bonus, there's foam involved too. For now, Reposado is open for dinner only; lunch service will begin next week. 236 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto; (650) 833-3151; website [EaterWire]
2) Pacific Heights: Getting back to the city, Joanna Karlinksy (of the shuttered Meetinghouse fame) has finally debuted her new food court on the ground floor of the JCCSF. The project contains six self-contained kiosks (see the lineup above): Jo-Jo-To-Go (prepared foods... to go), Confections (bakery), Luck Dawg (ice cream), Lulu Drinks (juice/coffee bar), Pressed (sandwiches), and Emma Peel's Pizza Pie. 3200 California Street, at Presidio; (415) 292-1200; website [EaterWire]
3) North Beach/Chinatown: What's a new year without a new froyo opening? To christen '09, we present to you one more branch of Tuttimelon, this time in the old Yoogo Gelato space on Broadway, just off Columbus. As is their tradition, they've got the 99-cent opening special banner that will likely remain until the next Olympiad. 601 Broadway, at Grant Avenue; website [EaterWire]