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Tomales Bay Oysters Drop From Menus Following Health Scare

Plus a ramen swap, burger closure, and more intel

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Oyster investigation

At least 43 people have reported getting sick after eating oysters from Hog Island Oyster Co., leading the popular company to stop harvesting from Tomales Bay. That means diners will no longer see Hog Island oysters at restaurants like Zuni Cafe, State Bird Provisions, and about 40 other local businesses until an investigation concludes. Hog Island’s three oyster bars, including the location in the Ferry Building, remain open with oysters from other regions on the menu.

Ramen swap

The Inner Richmond’s Genki Ramen has quietly closed and transformed into Teruya Ramen & Drink (3944 Geary Boulevard). The new restaurant retains the ramen focus with tonkotsu and miso bases both on offer. Some izakaya-style small plates are also available, such as takoyaki, croquettes, and chicken karaage.

Pizza restaurant for sale

Bay Area-based Chicago-style pizza chain Patxi’s is selling off its Marina location. According to a Craigslist ad, the prime, 3,634-square-foot space at 3318 Fillmore Street will be available in April. There are also Patxi’s in Hayes Valley, the Inner Sunset, and Noe Valley.


Local burger chain Burgermeister has abruptly closed its North Beach location (759 Columbus Avenue). Following the recent closure of the Duboce Triangle restaurant, there is just one remaining San Francisco location in Cole Valley. The North Beach space already has a new owner: Luisa Hanson of now-closed spots La Vinoteca and Delaney’s Bar.

Bring on the toast

The Mission has a new morning spot in Breakfast Little, now open at 3224 12 22nd Street. Alongside espresso drinks, the cafe serves oatmeal, breakfast burritos, tots, and a few toasts, like the King Kong (chocolate-hazelnut butter, bananas, condensed milk, and walnuts on sweet bread).

Snack time

The Inner Sunset’s new B&B (1634 Irving Street) specializes in the appealing combo of banh mi and boba. Milk teas are brewed with loose leaves, while more unusual drinks include ube taro milk and mango-kumquat-lychee punch. Banh mi options are largely traditional — five-spice chicken, roasted pork — but there’s also a bulgogi beef version with kimchi and gochujang aioli.