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Every Bay Area Restaurant That Shuttered in Winter 2015/16

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A roundup of every restaurant that closed in winter 2015/2016. For the most recent listing of Bay Area shutters, head here.

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February 26

LOWER HAIGHT — After 21 years in the business, Bean There Cafe is closing shop, and not . According to proprietors, the landlord decided not to renew their lease, instead awarding it to a new, unnamed tenant. [Hoodline]

BERKELEY— People's Cafe has shuttered, making way for two new businesses: Blue Bottle Cafe and NY ramen shop Ippudo. The cafe was a favorite among Cal students. [Berkeleyside]

February 19

CASTRO — The twenty-four hour Sparky's Diner has closed, amidst some drama over not paying its rent. According to a sign in the restaurant’s window, if the owners don’t pay soon, the landlord will consider the property abandoned. [Hoodline]

MISSION — Dive bar El Tin Tan is now closed, and a notice on the door shows a change of ownership. [Capp St. Crap]

CIVIC CENTER — Chinese-American breakfast joint L&M Cafe has closed after 20 years. Its building is scheduled to be demolished for a mixed-use apartment building. [Hoodline]

OAKLAND — The owners are looking for a new permanent location, but for now, Mo's Hut, the Samoan/Hawaiian spot at 2676 Fruitvale Ave. has shuttered. [EBX]

FINANCIAL DISTRICTPomodoro Pizza & Pasta at 240 Kearny has closed, with a sign on its door saying due to a rent increase. [EaterWire]

ALAMEDA — Hawaiian restaurant Kau Kau Corner has closed "due to unforeseen circumstances" after opening this summer following popping up at the West End Flea Market. [Berkeleyside]

ALAMEDACapone's Speakeasy is also closed, taking its 1920s-style drinks with it. [EBX]

TEMESCALRamen Tomo has closed, to be replaced by a restaurant called Azit. [Berkeleyside]


February 12

POTRERO HILL — Despite good critical and Yelp reviews, American comfort food restaurant Dat Spot has closed. [EaterWire]

MISSION — After four years, Thai House 530 has closed. The owners’ location in the Castro, Thai House Express, remains open. [Capp Street Crap]

NORTH BEACH — Vegan restaurant Loving Hut is now closed in North Beach, but the locations at the Westfield Centre and in the Inner Sunset are still open. [Hoodline]


February 5

LOWER HAIGHT — A 50 percent rent hike forced RickyBobby to close. Owner James Moisey will not be looking for a new space. [EaterWire]

HAYES VALLEYFlipper’s Gourmet Burgers officially closed last week, ending a nearly 20-year run of globally-influenced burgers and tons of fries. Brass Tacks next door has taken over the space, but have not yet announced the plans. [EaterWire]

NOPA — The 14-year-old Jay's Cheesesteak has closed, to be replaced by a new Namu project. [Hoodline]

JAPANTOWNRamen Underground has closed, and Izakaya Umai is taking its place. [Tablehopper]

SOMASoup Freaks at 667 Mission St. has closed, but owners are replacing it with an environmentally-conscious concept come March. [Hoodline]

POTRERO HILL — Three years was all she wrote for Front, at least in the Potrero Hill space. The coffee shop will be moving to the Mission. [Tablehopper]


January 29

MISSIONBelcampo closed its Mission butcher shop due to low sales, but a new project is already in the works. [EaterWire]

OAKLAND — Luke Tsai’s favorite Vietnamese restaurant in Oakland, Bun Mam Soc Tranghas closed. The landlord decided not to renew the lease, and owners hope to reopen elsewhere. [East Bay Express]

MARINA & WESTERN ADDITION — San Francisco is quickly losing Taco Bells and KFC’s, as the joint concepts at both 1881 Geary Blvd. and 2101 Lombard St. have shuttered. [Hoodline]

BERKELEYTogo’s at 2172 Shattuck Ave. has shuttered after two years in the location. [Berkeleyside]

NOB HILL — Coffee shop It's a Grind at 1800 Polk St. has closed after 10 years in the space. [Hoodline]

BERKELEYArabica Mediterranean Cuisine, at 2115 Kittredge St., has also closed, and Tasty Pot, a Taiwanese chain, will be moving in. [Berkeleyside]


January 22

INNER RICHMONDBuckshot Bar and Gameroom has closed, without explanation. RIP games and movie screenings. [EaterWire]

EMBARCADEROGaylord Indian Restaurant’s landlord, Boston Properties, has shut down the lunch buffet spot for failure to pay rent. It must now either pay up or get out. [EaterWire]

CALISTOGABarolo Italian Kitchen & Cocktails and JoLe have shuttered and sold to the same owner, who plans to bring an "old California" themed restaurant to the larger space with family-style American classics and a raw bar. [Inside Scoop]

ALAMEDA — Another Oakland barbecue restaurant departs with Best Lil Porkhouse closing. [East Bay Express]

RICHMOND — Thai restaurant Ron Kanom in the Pacific East Mall has also shuttered. [East Bay Express]


January 15

MISSION — Twenty-three years of providing down-home Colombian and Salvadoran food to the Mission is the sum of El Majahual’s story. Owners Regina and Hernando Ledesma decided to close to have a calmer lifestyle. [SFist]

WEST PORTAL — Longtime coffee shop and diner Manor Coffee Shop has closed. New owners have taken over the space with hopes to reopen in mid-February without changing the vibe, though the menu will morph. [Tablehopper]

WALNUT CREEK — The 14-year-old Pyramid Alehouse has closed as part of its parent company’s plan to consolidate retail locations to "strengthen the Pyramid brand." The last California location is in the Oakland airport. [Inside Scoop]

OAKLAND — Luke Tsai’s favorite Oakland barbecue spot, BBQ Huthas closed due to rising costs. [East Bay Express]


January 8

MISSION — Though it’s only been open for four months, Venezuelan-inspired Coco Frio is calling it quits. Chef/owner Manny de Torres Gimenez and his wife Katerina deTorres have chosen to sell their business and travel the world for a year. Upon his return, Torres plans to reopen his other restaurant The Palace. Coco Frio is now on sale for $500,000, which includes the liquor license, lease and all the trappings. [EaterWire]

FINANCIAL DISTRICT — New Year’s Eve was Alfred's Steakhouse’s last night in its current incarnation. The 87-year-old restaurant sold this fall to Daniel Patterson Group and will reopen in February under chef Charlie Parker. [Inside Scoop]

OAKLAND — East Coast-style pizzeria Buma’s Pizzeria has closed because owner Jon Kosorek moved. He is currently selling the shop. [East Bay Express]

OAKLAND — Four years after opening, Rumbo al Sur has closed. Owner Jack Knowles cited "the logistics of management" as the reason for its closure. [Inside Scoop]

LOWER PAC HEIGHTSKing of Falafel closed Christmas Eve after 45 years in the neighborhood due to an expiring lease. The owners are actively looking for a new location. [Hoodline]

SOMA — Westfield Centre’s Lark Creek Steak closed this week after a decline in business in recent years. [Inside Scoop]


December 23

MISSION — After nearly six years of serving devoutly California-sourced food, Local Mission Eatery closed on December 19. Co-owner Yarom Milgrom attributed the closure to lack of business and labor. [EaterWire]

RUSSIAN HILLSquare Meals, the fresh meal service that has shared a space with Batter Bakery since 2011, has closed its doors for good. Chef-owner Alison Mountford has reevaluated her career and mission, which has always been to "help busy people eat well during the week," which she will now do at meal delivery startup Munchery. [EaterWire]

OAKLAND — Nine months after opening to the Emeryville public with upscale British pub fare, CommonWealth Micropub has closed. Owners are actively searching for a way to bring tipless restaurant back. [EaterWire]

LAUREL HEIGHTS — After 20 years of being Laurel Heights' go-to 24-hour diner food (and one of the city's iconic greasy spoons), Lucky Penny has closed. It will become the site of a seven-story "multi-use" building. [EaterWire]

CASTRO — Neighborhood coffee shop Cafe Sophie closed for earthquake retrofitting renovations earlier this year, and it will not be reopening. [EaterWire]

OUTER SUNSET — Sushi restaurant Yum Yum Fish closed earlier this month. The restaurant started as a fish market in 1980 before expanding into a mostly-takeout restaurant. [Hoodline]

LOWER HAIGHTRaijin Sushi is no longer open and serving Japanese food in the Lower Haight after two years in the spot. [Hoodline]

OAKLANDCafe 88 has closed, potentially for health violations after a poor inspection on November 2. [East Bay Express]

NOPACandybar has closed after eight years as a candy shop in the neighborhood. [Hoodline]


December 4

MISSION — Ninety-three-year-old Mexican joint Roosevelt Tamale Parlor has closed due to the owners’ health issues and a "shrinking restaurant labor pool" that "fueled unsustainable wage expectations," the owners said in a letter posted to Facebook. [Mission Local]

OAKLANDGrand Fare has abruptly shuttered, with owners Doug Washington and Freya Prowe blaming operation costs as "simply too much" to keep it going. [EaterWire]

EMBARCADERO — After months of dodging the bullet, 40-year-old Sinbad's Pier 2 Restaurant has finally succumbed to the sands of time (and the demands of its landlord, the Port of San Francisco) and closed. [EaterWire]

BERKELEY — A series of fires destroyed the 30-year-old Mandarin Garden on Black Friday. Stay tuned for details on its return. [EaterWire]

OAKLAND — Seven months after opening, Italian restaurant Nick & Aron's (4316 Telegraph Ave.) has closed due to "no longer able to pay the high costs of running a large operation." Owners Aron Ford and Nick Yapor-Cox also own Nick’s Pizza on Shattuck Avenue, which remains open. [East Bay Express]

TENDERNOB — Due to a "colossal" rent hike, American restaurant Rove Kitchen has closed just six months after its debut, though it plans to find a new location. [EaterWire]

BERKELEY — Popular deli Tangerine at 1707 Solano Ave. has closed, for unclear reasons. [Berkeleyside]

GUERNEVILLE — Chef Jamil Peden has left Applewood Restaurant eight months after taking over the kitchen, and the restaurant has shut down. It will be reconcepted as a rustic Italian/Mediterranean spot. As for Peden, he’s moving on to a new  Italian and Spanish concept called Medjool. [Bite Club Eats]

BERKELEY — Rasputin’s indoor ice cream shop Scoop Dreams has closed after nearly two years of scooping ice cream in competition with C.R.E.A.M. located directly across the street. [Berkeleyside]