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Barbacco, a Downtown San Francisco Italian Dining Mainstay for 14 Years, Is Closing

Owner Umberto Gibin says there aren’t enough people in FiDi to make the restaurant sustainable

A bowl of meatballs.
Barbacco, the more casual restaurant from the Perbacco team, will close at the end of the month.
Lauren Saria
Lauren Saria is the editor of Eater SF and has been writing about food, drinks, and restaurants for more than a decade.

Barbacco, a longstanding Italian restaurant in downtown San Francisco, will close its doors at the end of the month, the Chronicle reports. The restaurant opened in 2010 as the more casual counterpart to Perbacco restaurant, which is located just next door. Owner Umberto Gibin tells the Chronicle the little sister restaurant is unsustainable these days because “there are simply not enough people in the Financial District.” The restaurant’s final day of service will be September 29.

Barbacco was intended to serve “the employees and midlevel managers of the surrounding office buildings, since the CEOs were already dining at Perbacco,” the owner told the outlet. But as of March 2023, the city reports more than a quarter of all office space in San Francisco remains vacant — and in June, the Chronicle reported office vacancy in the city rose to a record high of 31.8 percent.

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