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After nearly nine years in business, SoMa Italian restaurant Zuppa has closed its doors. As Inside Scoop reports, chef-owner Joseph Manzare has sold the 3,200-square-foot building that houses the restaurant to real-estate developers, so the future is up in the air for the space that was opened as a sequel to Manzare's still-running first restaurant, Globe. Given its proximity to the booming tech-office corridor, it could remain a restaurant or potentially go in another direction.
Opened in 2005, Zuppa was a precursor of the wave of California-Italian restaurants that have since dominated San Francisco's restaurant scene, and its high ceilings and concrete walls foreshadowed the industrial-chic trend favored by so many restaurants that followed. It's the second closure for Manzare in the past nine months, with his sushi-tequila hybrid Hecho having shuttered last May. For now, Manzare plans to reassume his role in the kitchen at Globe, which was renovated last spring, and he promises a complete menu revamp for the FiDi spot next month.