Family-style red sauce restaurant Bucca di Beppo is saying arrivederci to customers in SoMa, where its location is now closed after a 20 year run. A conversion of the space to pure office space is reportedly in store, so the restaurant at 855 Howard Street isn’t likely to be replaced with another eatery. The lot it occupied is two stories in height, but is zoned for up to 130 feet in height, so it could also be razed and replaced with condos. Boring.
"San Francisco, thanks for all the memories," reads a flyer posted to the restaurant's front door. "We have loved being part of your family!!"
Not all the remembrances will be fond. “Came here years ago, remember it as too much food and garish décor,” one reviewer on Yelp wrote earlier this month. The verdict? “Still the same.”
”I wish there were sad stars,” a one-star reviewer writes.
“Our bruschetta was made horribly wrong,” another opines.
For all the lovers, Buca di Beppo is a sizable chain, and still maintains locations in San Jose Palo Alto, and Campbell. Its parent corporation is Planet Hollywood.