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Spring 2016 Brought 39 Restaurant Shutters

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

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May 27

MISSION — Salvadoran restaurant Balompie Cafe at 3349 18th St. will be closing until early next year for renovations. The location at 3801 Mission St. will remain open. [Capp Street Crap]

SOMACustom Burger is closing on Tuesday, May 31 to become K-OZ Restaurant & Brewery, a buffet-style comfort food spot. [Hoodline]

UPPER HAIGHTCrepe La Vie in Second Act is shutting down on Memorial Day so the owner can focus on being a mom. [Hoodline]


May 20

MISSION — After a little over a year, Sous Beurre Kitchen has closed its doors, citing unnamed complications as the reason. The casual French restaurant started as a pop-up, before opening in fall of 2015. No word on next moves for owner Michael Mauschbaugh. [EaterWire]

OAKLAND — Belated news of The New Easy's February closure comes this week from Berkeleyside. Apparently the ABC license has been filed for Dan's Locale on Lakeshore, but no other details are available. [Berkeleyside]

BERKELEY — Downtown Berkeley's Sliderbar has closed with no apparent warning, according to a note on the door. No details on why, or what might replace it. [Berkeleyside]

May 13

OAKLANDSalsipuedes, the North Oakland restaurant inspired by flavors from the Baja peninsula, closed its doors. The space is currently for sale, with plans to do pop-ups and events until the right tenant is found. [EaterWire]

MISSION — After two years of back and forth, owner Deborah Blum has called it quits on Citizen Fox, the vegan concept that has been popping up in the old Hapa Ramen space and previewed itself at The Hall in the form of sandwich shop Kit Fox. Blum is putting the blame on construction, citing a "painstakingly long and challenging development process to build out the restaurant." [EaterWire]

UNION SQUARE — Pizza joint Blondie's has closed temporarily due to a cockroach infestation. It will reopen June 12. [Hoodline]

SANTA ROSA Old Mexico has closed and is turning into Mountain Mike's Brewpub with craft beer and a full bar from the owners of Mountain Mike’s Pizza, Stout Brothers, and Bibi’s Burgers. [Bite Club Eats]


April 29

TEMESCAL — After 90 years Genova Delicatessen is shutting its doors on Saturday, April 30 because of rising costs. The Napa location is still open. [EaterWire]

BERKELEYEdoko has shut down its restaurant operations, focusing solely on catering. [Berkeleyside]

SONOMABig 3 Diner in the Sonoma Mission Inn has closed after decades in the area. Food operations are being moved to other areas of the hotel. [Sonoma News]


April 22

MISSIONThe American Grilled Cheese Kitchen has closed its doors at 2400 Harrison St., but it still has its locations at 799 Battery St. and 1 South Park Ave. [EaterWire]

SOMA — After just six months if Neapolitan-style pizzas, Caputo will close its doors after dinner today, April 22. Owners cited financial reasons for the closure. [EaterWire]

EMERYVILLE — April 9 was Bacano Bakery’s last day at 1298 65th St. [Berkeleyside]


April 15

UNION SQUAREAll Spice, the second restaurant of the same name from San Mateo discreetly shuttered on March 12, because the restaurant just couldn't draw the crowds needed to operate as a business. Owners are focusing their energy on the San Mateo location, though they're not ruling out another project down the line— it just might not be in San Francisco. [EaterWire]

RUSSIAN HILLReverb, the Russian Hill restaurant that changed course (and name) from Verbena last March, has completely closed. Owners are focusing on their other Berkeley restaurant, Gather. [EaterWire]

INNER RICHMOND — So the owner could retire, Alex’s Bakery at 431 Clement St. has closed. [Richmond District Blog]


April 8

EMBARCADERO Il Cane Rosso, an anchor tenant in the Ferry Building since 2009, has ended its run as of Sunday, April 3. Chef/owner Lauren Kiino decided not to renew the lease for the space for financial reasons, though she will still operate the brand through catering and events. [EaterWire]

SOMA — Lauren Kiino’s other restaurant at 202 2nd St, Red Dogis also closed, but temporarily. Kiino is exploring options to reopen. [Tablehopper]

BERKELEYCrêpes A-Go-Go on Telegraph Avenue has closed after owner Linda Gilman retired. [Berkeleyside]

CHINATOWN — Dim sum spot Dol Ho at 808 Pacific Ave. has been closed by the Health Department. [Tablehopper]


April 1

BERKELEY— Though the restaurant at the Claremont Club & Spa will still be called Antoinette, it's lost its sparkle after chef Dominique Crenn withdrew all involvement with the concept this week. It will close April 6, reopening in the coming weeks. [EaterWire]

OAKLAND— Another classic Oakland restaurant has bitten the dust.  After 48 years, the owners of Italian-American favorite Francesco's grew weary of the industry and decided to close the business. It will be missed by regulars who've enjoyed three generations of the family's warm service. [Inside Scoop]

LOWER HAIGHT— Bean There has closed for good, after what owners thought would be a temporary closure for refitting. The lease wasn't renewed after 21 years of brewing coffee in the neighborhood. [Hoodline]

TENDERLOIN— Morty's Deli quietly closed up in February, due to what turns out to be pretty horrifying health code violations (rodent and cockroaches, both dead and alive, as well as their droppings, someone using the basement as living quarters and more). After a quick sale, the new owners are working on a fresh and clean version slated for a May opening. [Hoodline]

COW HOLLOW— According to a sign on the window, Back Yard Kitchen has closed its doors to "focus on our sister restaurant, The Brick Yard." They'll be expanding catering operations in the coming weeks; in the meantime, head over to The Brick Yard for similar/siganture dishes. [EaterWire]

March 25

SOMA — The 11-year-old Triptych at 1155 Folsom St. has closed, reportedly for tax issues that caused the liquor license to be suspended. [Tablehopper]

BERKELEY — Wine bar La Botella Republic has closed due to low wine sales and the owner’s desire to spend more time with family. The owners are selling the business. [Berkeleyside]

INNER SUNSET — Now closed is Taqueria Dos Amigos, which had its fair share of health issues while it was open. Its beer and wine license was also suspended. [Hoodline]

OAKLAND — Luke Tsai’s favorite spot for Scotch eggs Chowhaus has closed, for unknown reasons. [EBX]

OAKLANDDescanso at 4184 Piedmont Ave. has closed because of "incompatibility with the landlord" and the owner’s "inability to properly adjust [a] single parent schedule." [EBX]


March 18

NOB HILL — The fast casual Sweet Woodruff has called it quits, deciding not to renew its lease. After much deliberation, owners decided that the restaurant was "too much work for too little reward" based on the economics of the lease and profits. [Inside Scoop]

TENDERLOIN — Decades-old diner Lafayette Coffee Shop has been forced to close after its owner decided not to renew its lease. The owners are trying to find a new location. [Hoodline]

INNER SUNSET — After one of the owners passed away, Balboa Sushi House at 402 Balboa St. has closed. [Richmond District Blog]


March 4

MARINA — Almost a year after a two-alarm fire severely damaged beloved bar Liverpool Lil's, the owners have announced that they will not reopen due to the landlord’s refusal to renew the lease. [EaterWire]

BERKELEYOff the Grid Berkeley has shut down for unknown reasons. [Berkeleyside]

SOMACupola Pizzeria in the Westfield Centre has closed, also for unknown reasons. [Inside Scoop]