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10 Most Notable Restaurant and Bar Closings of 2012

Cyrus [Photo: Flickr/bubbletea1]

No restaurant was safe from The Shutter this year. Even Michelin-starred, Bauer-approved, and celebrity chef-run establishments saw their runs cut short. Here are ten of the saddest and most surprising goodbyes we said this year (or in the cases of Bambino and Txoko, tears we will be shedding within the next few days).

1. Cyrus
2. Lafitte
3. Bar Bambino
4. Bushi-Tei
5. Ana Mandara
6. Txoko
7. Hawk's Tavern
8. Café Fanny
9. Criolla Kitchen
10. Locavore

Other farewells of note, and some we may not have seen the last of: Sam Wo, Tu Lan, Buck Tavern, Asqew Grill, Estate, Origen, Prime Rib Shabu, Circolo, Dumplings & Buns, La Terrasse

Which restaurant passings are you mourning the most this year? Leave your condolences in the comments section below.

· All Shutter Coverage


1638 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94115 415 440 4959


436 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105


504 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133 415 500 2744 Visit Website

Dumplings & Buns

2411 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94115 (415) 292-6209


3215 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

Bar Bambino

2931 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103


820 Miguel Hidalgo, Centro, Oax. 68000 01 951 501 1764 Visit Website