The Hog’s Apothecary wills serve its last sausages and beers at brunch this Sunday, closing in Temescal after a seven-year run. Owner John Streit made the announcement “with an extremely heavy heart” on Facebook this afternoon, thanking customers for their patronage over the years.
“We’ve made so many friends over the years here and to all of you that have made it possible, we want to send a huge thank you,” Streit wrote, encouraging fans to stop by and say goodbye through the weekend.
Streit tells the East Bay Times a number of factors ailed the Hog’s Apothecary, but that ultimately the numbers just didn’t work. Rising rent, minimum wag, and sagging sales were the problems, and difficulty like smash-and-grab car break-ins in the neighborhood may have dissuaded some would-be customers. To Berkeleyside, Streit elaborates that a recent lull in sales prompted the suddenness of the closure.
Local beer fans are likely to remember “the Hog” as an early leader in the Temescal beer scene, and to toast it with a beer and some cured pork belly and beef burgers this weekend.
- Oakland gastropub Hog’s Apothecary is shutting its doors [East Bay Times]
- Hog’s Apothecary will close on Sunday [Berkeleyside]