It's time to pour out a Coronita (into a giant goblet of frozen margarita, if possible), as the final San Francisco Chevy's location, at 3rd and Howard, has called it quits as of last Friday, citing issues with its lease. Once a ubiquitous presence in the city, Chevy's popularity has taken a tumble in recent years, with its locations on Van Ness, in the Stonestown Galleria, and at Embarcadero Center all having closed in the past five years. Those fresh-made tortillas and birthday sombreros just don't have the same appeal anymore, it seems, even for a captive audience of Moscone Center conference-goers.
Those still craving a dose of Chevy's should note that the chain still has locations in South San Francisco, Emeryville, and Mountain View; for those confined to the city, La Rondalla is probably the closest analogue (and is family-owned, to boot). In any case, the restaurant's ginormous space and full liquor license should be hotly contested, and likely won't stay on the market for very long.