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A running list of notable Bay Area restaurants and bars that have permanently closed

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This is a curated list of the Bay Area’s most notable and permanent restaurant and bar closures, with new updates published once a week. See a closing we missed? Then drop us a line.

February 1

MID-MARKET — Ananda Fuara, a vegan Indian restaurant at the chaotic intersection of Larkin, Hayes, and Market streets, will close permanently after more than 40 years on February 5, the San Francisco Standard reports. An announcement on the restaurant website explains there may be a comeback down the line. “In the future it is possible there may be an opportunity to return in a different form and place but for now we are closing,” it reads in part.

MISSION — After 13 years of pizza and beer, Pi Bar will close its doors for good around the end of February. The restaurant made the announcement on Instagram, but SFGATE spoke to owner Rich Rosen who said the decision comes after three years of running the business without any help aside from him and his co-owner and wife Jen Garris. “Let’s be frank: The past three years have sucked,” Rosen says.

MISSION — Chef James Syhabout closed the last remaining location of his casual restaurant Hawker Fare in late January. The chef, who also operates Michelin-starred Commis in Oakland, called “growing food, labor, and operating” costs “insurmountable.” The restaurant was open for nine years and explored Thai and Laotian food, a personal project for the chef.

OAKLAND — Burma Bear, an Oakland restaurant that specialized in both barbecue and Burmese dishes, closed for good on January 19. The restaurant made the announcement on its website citing “changes in restaurant economics.”

MOUNTAIN VIEW — Kappo Nami Nami, a popular restaurant on Castro Street in Mountain View, closed its doors on January 29 after more than a decade and a half in business. The Japanese restaurant’s space will become home to a second location of San Jose restaurant Sushi Arashi, the San Francisco Business Times reports.

SANTA CLARA — Konjoe Burger shut down its Santa Clara location on January 21, the Chronicle spotted. On Instagram, the restaurant explained the economics at this location “no longer work out.” New locations in San Jose and Los Altos inside State Street Market are in the works.

SAN JOSE — The Chronicle spotted the closure of Ludwig’s German Table in San Jose, a longstanding destination for schnitzel and bratwurst. In a post on Instagram the business says lingering impacts of the pandemic are to blame. “Unfortunately the world is a different place now and the vision we had for the San Jose location is becoming harder and harder to maintain,” the post reads. The restaurant’s location in Mountain View remains open.

January 25

CASTRO — Neighborhood bar Harvey’s closed suddenly on Sunday, January 22 after being in business since 1974. The bar was first known as Elephant Walk, then changed its name in 1996 to honor Supervisor Harvey Milk. Manager David Facer told the San Francisco Chronicle the closure is “a sign of the times,” especially after COVID.

CASTRO — The Castro location of El Capitan Taqueria also bid farewell to the neighborhood, Hoodline reports. It’s not entirely clear when the restaurant closed for good, but a Hoodline reporter notes the space is already cleared out of tables and chairs. Two other locations of El Capitan Taqueria are still open in SoMa and Polk Gulch.

POLK GULCH — Vegan favorite Vegan Picnic has closed for good after seven years in business on Polk Street. Owner Jill Ritchie’s catering side of the business will also shut down, and Ritchie is instead shifting toward a new “longevity lifestyle” business, the Jill Zone.

SAN JOSE — The San Jose location of sandwich chain Earl of Sandwich is closing after five years, with franchise owner Trang Nguyen telling the Mercury News that business just “never recovered.” Nguyen says after COVID-19 hit, with employees working from home and San Jose State students not attending school as often, sales decreased by as much as 85 percent.

January 18

FISHERMAN’S WHARF — According to SFGATE, McDonald’s has closed one of its high-profile locations in San Francisco. The fast food giant’s outpost at Fisherman’s Wharf closed in late December, the company confirmed to the outlet, saying in part that the company “reviews its restaurant portfolio on a regular basis to make the best decisions for our business moving forward.”

POTRERO HILL — El Sur, known for serving Argentinan-style empanadas, has closed its cafe at 300 De Haro Street in Potrero Hill, an Eater tipster first spotted. According to a post on the business's Instagram, the cafe closed in the fall as El Sur plans to relocate to Redwood City. Anyone looking to get their empanada fix can still find El Sur on local delivery service Locale; catering and online orders are also available on the El Sur website.

EMERYVILLE — The last barbecue chicken pizzas have been served on Bay Street as California Pizza Kitchen has closed its restaurant in Emeryville. The E’ville Eye first shared the news in a post on Instagram.

EMERYVILLE — But the vaguely Italian restaurant isn’t the only notable closure in the area. The E’ville Eye also spotted the closure of Chinese dining chain P.F. Chang’s on January 13. The restaurant, known for its lettuce wraps and other wok-fried dishes, was founded by the son of Bay Area Chinese food icon Cecilia Chiang though it’s now owned by a private equity firm. The company has recently focused on opening to-go-only locations — but recently debuted its first full-service restaurant in Manhattan.

MENLO PARK — Pastrami and Belgian beer destination the Refuge in Menlo Park will close its doors after January 20, Palo Alto Online reports. According to the outlet, owners Matt Levin and Melanie Roth say the business never fully recovered from the impacts of the pandemic. “I feel like I’m Rip van Winkle,” Levin said. “I went to sleep and suddenly our concept is no longer a good concept for the times.” The restaurant's locations in San Carlos and San Mateo will remain open.

January 11

BERKELEY — The Berkeley location of Paris Baguette quietly closed on January 1, SFGATE reports. The South Korea-based pastry chain had been a part of Shattuck Avenue for 10 years.

OAKLAND — East Bay Nosh reports Oakland’s Bay Fung Tong Seafood Tea House closed at the end of 2022. The Cantonese spot on Franklin Street has been in operation since (possibly) the early 2000s serving seafood dishes for locals.

ALAMEDA — East Bay Nosh also has the scoop on another long-running place that’s closing: Angela’s Kitchen in Alameda closed at the end of 2022 after 22 years. Run by Saboor and Maria Zafari, the restaurant was known for its Mediterranean food with Afghan inflections.

NAPA — Mary’s Pizza Shack has been a Northern California institution for more than 60 years with multiple locations across the Bay Area. Now the local chain has three fewer restaurants among its ranks. The San Francisco Chronicle reports the Dixon, Novato, and Napa locations have closed, leaving just seven locations of the Italian food spot.

PALO ALTO — After 24 years in Palo Alto, Chinese restaurant Mandarin Roots has closed as of December 31, according to Peninsula Foodist. The restaurant started with owner Simon Yuan who ran the establishment for 15 years before passing it on to his son, Jarvis.

ROSEVILLE — The last of the Claim Jumper chain restaurants in the Sacramento area has closed its doors permanently, the Sacramento Bee reports. It’s unclear when the restaurant closed, exactly, but the Houston-based chain’s only other location in the area — in downtown Sacramento — shuttered in 2021.

SACRAMENTO — The Sacramento Bee also has news of Hoppy Brewing Co. closing its restaurant, Hoppy’s Railyard Kitchen & Garden, as of January 2. No reason was given for the restaurant’s closure.

January 4

CASTRO — The 4039 18th Street location of mini-chain Rooster and Rice closed on December 23 after about four years. Hoodline reports the space will flip into new business Mr. Hen Chicken Rice & Noodle. The business’ five other stores in San Francisco remain open.

HAYES VALLEY — Fluff Nugget, the gourmet popcorn business from Doug Tomlinson and chef Laurine Wickett, closed at the end of December. The news came via an Instagram post from the business with no details as to why the shop shuttered.

DIVISADERO — The San Francisco Business Times reported the closure of the final Zaytoon location at 607 Divisadero Street on December 31. Fans of San Francisco’s French food scene have cause to celebrate, though: FiDi’s La Sarrasine will take over the address.

OAKLAND — The Golden Peacock Lounge at 825 Webster Street closed after more than 50 years of serving the Town’s Chinatown diners. East Bay Nosh reported the closure on January 3.

BERKELEY — Windchaser Wine Co., an East Bay favorite for Mendocino and El Dorado-area wines, closed its original location at 1375 Fourth Street to move to a TBD-announced new location in Richmond. East Bay Nosh let readers know that an issue regarding the lease prompted the outlet for Gifford Family Wines and Dave Gifford to find a new venue.

MILLBRAE — The Michelin Guide-approved Hong Kong Flower Lounge at 51 Millbrae Avenue closed on December 31. The 550-seat restaurant and banquet hall was a staple for those in search of Cantonese cuisine and, according to KTS26, held that honor for more than three decades.

SANTA ROSA — Miracle Plum, from the Santa Rosa-born-and-raised duo Sallie Miller and Gwen Gunheim, closed in December. The news came via the business’ newsletter, though the wine club and online shop remain intact, with a hope to continue organizing events. The market sold specialty items and was a resident of a nearly 118-year-old building.

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