Organic meat purveyor Belcampo is bowing out of Russian Hill, where it’s operated on Polk Street since 2014, and also closing in Palo Alto, as CEO Anya Fernald reshuffles her local empire. The last day for SF and Palo Alto shoppers to get their grass-finished meats from Fernald’s Northern California farm and her Temple Grandin-designed butchery is March 2. The businesses will stop serving hot food like burgers before that, on February 18.
The Oakland-headquartered Belcampo (with locations in Larkspur, Los Angeles, and soon NYC’s Hudson Yards) unveiled a massive new Oakland flagship restaurant in Jack London Square last summer, and is now planning another, equally large space in San Mateo. That Belcampo will open in the Hillsdale Shopping Center this summer, according to a spokesperson for the company.
But the closure of Russian Hill’s Belcampo doesn’t mean San Franciscans are totally out of luck when it comes to the company’s prepared foods. Belcampo will open a new commissary kitchen in SoMa, its first, from which it will fulfill burger orders and more for local delivery.
That might hew to the demands of San Francisco diners, a crowd keen on delivery in a city where commercial rents remain high. Belcampo already once revamped its prime Russian Hill space to make it more casual and accommodate quicker dining, for example.
According to a press release, Fernald says she’s “excited to transform our business model in San Francisco to better suit the city’s needs.”