After only a few months in the former Masa's space, owners Sachin Chopra and Shoshana Wolff are pulling the plug on their wild-game-centric concept, Game. The shift comes after months of lukewarm reviews from critics (and diners) and the swift departure of chef de cuisine Zack Freitas. But instead of giving up the space, the duo will transition it into a San Francisco location of their Michelin-starred San Mateo flagship, All Spice.
Perhaps it was the ghost of Masa's lingering in the dining room, or simply that a game-meat-driven restaurant was not scratching any itches for San Francisco diners; either way, Chopra told Inside Scoop that "We decided it would be best for the restaurant and our sanity to try to do what we know the best."
"The San Francisco market seems to be such a fickle market. Either you get traction or you don’t get traction," Chopra said, attributing the restaurant's early closure to "some missteps," and a dining scene that just wasn't ready to embrace what Game had to offer.
Game will serve its last supper on Saturday, March 7, followed by a quick turnaround that will entail some small interior refreshes. The new All Spice is slated to open the following week, offering an Indian-inspired menu that will be very similar (but not identical) to the San Mateo location.