News of Camino’s impending closure came as a surprise to many in the Bay Area, following ten years of influencing the area’s dining scene. To celebrate the end of an era, owners Russ Moore and Allison Hopelain are throwing a series of parties in the gorgeous space, which is slated to become a location of Zachary’s Pizza in 2019.
First up: A dinner party on December 20, featuring a reception with snacks and drinks and followed by a feast. multiple courses prepared by Moore and his team in the restaurant’s famed fireplace. The party lasts from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. and tickets cost $200 (gratuity included, of course). Each guest will leave with a commemorative tote bag filled with Camino souvenirs (unclear what those will be just yet).
Last up is a cocktail party on December 22, from 6 p.m. til “late.” This one is the final finale, the end of the road for the space and the people who’ve made it special for the past ten years. RSVP here; drink tickets will be sold day off.
As previously reported, staffing shortages and the woes of the Bay Area’s high cost of living are part of the reasons for the restaurant’s closure; it’s also a break for Hopelain and Moore, who worked together at Chez Panisse before opening their own restaurant in 2008.
“It’s our dream restaurant. It’s exactly what we wanted it to be,” Hopelain told Eater SF in October. She and Moore will continue to operate their fast-casual restaurant, the Kebabery after Camino’s closure, with the possibility of opening more on the horizon. Stay tuned for more.