Throughout March, many restaurants and shops in the Bay Area closed for good, although most of the Bay Area counties were moving into the less restrictive orange tier of California’s reopening plan.
The two long-standing restaurants included Tyger’s Coffee Shop in San Francisco, which closed silently on March 31, and Baja Cactus in Milpitas, which closed after 36 years in business.
Many businesses closed after failing to agree on leases with their landlords. Such was the case with the 10-year-old Maven cocktail bar, which closed forever at the end of March – but that’s just one of the many reasons these stores closed. Last month, former owners of Prairie, CatHead’s BBQ and The Stud talked about how their restaurants or bars failed to survive the pandemic and what life is like after a business closes.
Along with the bad news about closings, there were some bright spots: Among the restaurant openings in March, there was the revival of a popular cafe chain that closed in 2020. Last May, Specialties announced it would permanently close all 50 locations spread across three states, but then, almost a year later, business returned with an outpost in Mountain View that opened March 1 .
“We’ve downsized to just one place and updated the menu with new delicious creations. This allows us to focus on great food and the customer experience,” says the Specialties website.
On Tuesday, four more counties in the Bay Area moved to the orange row, with the exception of Solano County, which is still red. Governor Gavin Newsom said in April that he anticipates the economy will be fully open again by June 15.
Below is the list of restaurants and business closings in the Bay Area through March. Additional closings in the Bay Area in 2021 can be found here.
The 7-Eleven des Castro was closed on March 4th, as Hoodline first reported, after numerous customers and employees complained about “frequent shoplifting, loitering and lack of cleanliness and fear for their safety”. Continue reading.
Berekleyside reports that the popular Japanese izakaya found at Swan’s Market is closed. Owner Chikara Ono plans to introduce his Dela Curo and Sundo concepts to Swan’s Market as a replacement for AS B-Dama sometime this year.
The 36-year-old Mexican restaurant in Milpitas closed its doors on March 31 after the sale of the property it is located on and with no option to renew its lease, reports the East Bay Times. The restaurant opened in 1985.
Oakland only The Senegalese restaurant finally closed its doors on March 6, Berkeleyside reported. “I just couldn’t stay open and pay high rent in this large space,” owner Marco Senghor told Berkeleyside.
Celia’s Mexican restaurant
The Mexican restaurant chain has its outpost on Euclid Ave. Closed in Berkeley in 1841, as Berkeleyside first reported. The former restaurant owner of this particular location transferred Celia’s property to brothers Pedro and Jesus Madrigal last August, but the couple recently renamed the business El Talpense.
Cosecha owner Dominica Rice-Cisneros closed her 10-year-old Mexican restaurant on March 27 after announcing that she had lost 80% of her business during the pandemic. It’s not all bad news, however. Rice-Cisneros already has plans for their next store, Bombera, which opens on April 27th. Read more.
The Mahila Malaysian restaurant closed forever on March 15 after negotiations with the landlord failed, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. (SFGATE and the San Francisco Chronicle are both owned by Hearst, but operate independently.)
The popular cocktail bar in the Lower Haight closed at the end of March after 10 years of business. Jay Bordeleau, who ran the bar, said the closure came as he was unable to finalize a lease with his landlord. Continue reading.
The bohemian bar and live music venue, which opened in the Mission District in 2006, have closed, Mission Local first reported. Cafe owners Jennifer and Andre Larzul launched a GoFundMe page last year to support both their businesses, Revolution Cafe and Seafood Grill, but raised just over half of their goal of $ 12,000. Continue reading.
Scott’s Seafood has closed its Walnut Creek outpost, according to Berkeleyside. The restaurant also has locations in San Francisco and Oakland that are still open.
Tyger’s Coffee Shop
The nearly 30-year-old café closed forever on March 31, according to the Glen Park Association, which first reported the closure. SFGATE spoke briefly with the new business owner but declined to comment on what will replace Tygers Coffee Shop at this point. Continue reading.