Would-be brunch patrons arriving at the Castro’s Bisou Bistronomy this weekend in search of a pre-noon blackout found the doors closed and the dining room dark. No sign indicates the restaurant’s closure, online or otherwise, but the death knell has been sounded by Yelpers and the phones are ringing without answer. Eater SF has reached out for comment, but it seems safe to surmise that the once bottomless mimosa spot has found the bottom.
Duo Nick Ronan and Damien Chabaud-Arnault opened their French-style bistro at 2367 Market Street in 2010, and it’s been a popular spot for steak frites dinners and blitzed brunches ever since. The restaurant spawned a Spanish sequel, Beso, in 2014 — that’s still open on 18th Street in the Castro, offering some consolation to Bisou fans.
Also in 2014, the Bisou Group opened their Napa Kitchen Garden to grow produce for their restaurants, also operating an agro-tourism dining destination there, the Northern California Bistronomy Cente. Reportedly, the group has plans to run a new restaurant component at nightclub Monarch on 6th Street, which is expanding into space next door.
The closure of Bisou Bistronomy presents just the latest retail vacancy in a neighborhood that’s downright stricken with them. Analysis from last year showed that the neighborhood’s retail occupancy rate was just 87 percent.