It’s been a year of expansion for San Francisco based Tartine Bakery, as the company opened a cafe in the Inner Sunset this summer, a Berkeley outpost, and a second iteration of its Manufactory concept in Los Angeles in February. It’s the last of those restaurants that suddenly closed today, Eater LA reports, laying off its workers just a week before Christmas.
The news broke via a tweet from Ana Maria Montoya, who claimed that the Manufactory “let its entire staff go when they showed up for work today.” A spokesperson for Tartine confirmed the closure, telling Eater LA that Tartine’s Manufactory at the Row — which, per Tartine’s website, housed a retail operation called the Market, a coffee bar, bakery, and hot bar, and a separate restaurant called the Alameda Supper Club — closed down today “after attempting several changes over the past several months.”
One week before Christmas, @tartinebakery at the Manufactory decided to let its entire staff go when they showed up for work today. Lest you think cold-hearted misers only appear in Dickens' novels. @latimesfood @eaterla pic.twitter.com/6AnMjpFWz0— Ana Maria Montoya (@amariamontoya) December 16, 2019
The 40,000-square-foot space opened to much excitement earlier this year, a two-level structure that also contained a walk-up ice cream window, a “sunken garden patio,” and a coffee roastery. Now all that remains open is the wholesale bakery area, which a spokesperson says will continue to serve SoCal cafes that serve Tartine goods.
According to a Tartine spokesperson who spoke with Eater SF, Tartine’s plans for a standalone restaurant in Silver Lake and another in Santa Monica are moving forward, and its other SoCal venue, a Hollywood-area cafe called Tartine Sycamore, will continue to operate. The spokesperson tells Eater SF that the closure will not have an impact on “any of the SF operations” of the company. At present, Tartine operates five locations in the Bay Area, including its recently-reopened original location and a Manufactory at SFO.
Update December 17, 2019, 10:58 a.m.: This article was updated to include comments from a Tartine spokesperson.