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Say Goodbye to Prubechu, Bootleg Bar & Kitchen, and More Recent Restaurant Closures

A continuously updated list of what has closed in the Bay Area from September 2018 onward



MISSION — SF’s only Guamanian restaurant, Prubechu, will close Thursday, November 1, due to a rent increase.

RUSSIAN HILL Bootleg Bar & Kitchen is closing at the end of the month due to construction woes.

OAKLANDChow Oakland will close its large Piedmont Avenue market and cafe on Monday, October 29. Its Lafayette and SF locations remain open.

EMBARCADERO — After 30 years, Il Fornaio will close on Sunday, October 28. Fans can still visit several other Bay Area locations.

BERKELEY — One of the Bay Area’s oldest restaurants, 128-year-old Spenger’s Fish Grotto, has abruptly closed.

FISHERMAN’S WHARF — Auntie Anne’s, the national purveyor of soft pretzels, has closed its Fisherman’s Wharf location after five years in business.

OAKLAND — Tanya Holland has quietly closed her famous, 10-year-old soul food destination Brown Sugar Kitchen.

OAKLAND — The Lakeshore Lanesplitter Pizza is no more. The East Bay mini chain also recently closed its Temescal location.

NORTH BEACHMiki Ramen has closed after just three months in business.

MISSION La Victoria Mexican Bakery & Cafe has closed after nearly 70 years of serving pan dulce.

RUSSIAN HILL — After nearly a quarter century, Spanish restaurant Zarzuela has closed. Chef-owner Lucas Gasco plans to retire in Spain.

CASTRO — Spanish-influenced bar and restaurant Botellón lasted less than a year in business.

YOUNTVILLE — One of wine country’s most influential fine dining restaurants, Redd, is closed. Chef-owner Richard Reddington’s more casual Italian ReddWood will remain open.


BERKELEY — Barney’s Burgers owner Kamran Nassiri’s taqueria Sol y Luna closed at 1926 Shattuck Avenue. It will be replaced by a Thai restaurant.

PACIFIC HEIGHTS — After nearly 25 years, SF’s only Swiss fondue restaurant is closing at the end of the month. The owners of the Matterhorn Swiss Restaurant are looking forward to retirement.

HAYES VALLEY — Comfort food restaurant Sauce will close on Friday, September 28. The 14-year-old restaurant’s owners sold the building and will keep the other Sauce locations.

OAKLAND — After more than 30 years of supplying Oakland Chinatown with trusty banh mi and other affordable Vietnamese eats, Cam Huong has closed for good. Its East Oakland cafe and Chinatown bakery remain open.

BERKELEY — Popular burrito spot Gordo Taqueria closed its Telegraph Avenue location after eight years in business. There are still locations in the Elmwood and in Albany.

TENDERLOIN — Chinese-owned Italian spot Little Henry’s has closed its doors after three decades in business. It will likely become a Thai restaurant.

MISSION — Hoffmann’s Grill & Rotisserie will close by the end of September. According to owner Karen Hoffman’s life and business partner Chandra Asken, they decided to shutter the restaurant due to the building’s scheduled retrofit construction, which would have required them to close for a year.

BERKELEY — After 60 years in business, Brennan’s Restaurant is closing on September 15. The owner cited a few reasons for shutting down, including a looming 25 percent rent increase, climate change, and a declining party atmosphere at the bar.

BERNAL HEIGHTS — Brewpub Old Bus Tavern is scheduled to close September 8. The owners stated it had become too difficult to run a restaurant and bar in San Francisco.

TIBURON — Waterfront destination Guaymas has closed. While not necessarily known for the food, the spot was popular as pre- or post-ferry hangout with beautiful views of San Francisco.

MILL VALLEY Balboa Cafe’s Mill Valley location has closed due to a dispute with the landlord.

OAKLANDDing Japanese Restaurant abruptly closed in Rockridge. A Vietnamese restaurant may take its place.

INNER RICHMOND — Shanghainese restaurant Taste of Jiangnan is no more.