As California counts down the days until its economy reopens on June 15, many restaurant owners breathe a sigh of relief: It seems like the worst may, just maybe, be over. However, some companies will fail to see this day. Several popular San Francisco restaurants closed in May and late April, from the renowned Hayes Valley Spot 20th Century Cafe to the 40-year-old Italian Comfort Food Restaurant Ristorante Parma in the marina.
Below is the list of restaurants, bars, and other food businesses in the Bay Area that are closed this month. For more closings in the Bay Area in 2021, click here.
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In early May, Eater SF reported that the Inner Richmond brunch spot would be permanently closed. According to Eater, the owner is moving his other restaurant, Sushi Bistro, to location 452 Balboa St. due to its outdoor space. However, some of the 6th and breakfast favorites remain on the menu.
20th century cafe
Perhaps the most shocking announcement of the month was the 20th Century Cafe, Hayes Valley Cafe, known for its layered honey cake. Chief owner Michelle Polzine told Eater SF that the shutdown was less due to the pandemic than because “San Francisco is not welcoming to small business owners,” she said. Continue reading.
This popular bakery and mochi shop is Japantown’s oldest business: Suyeichi Okamura opened it in 1906. Now Suyeichi’s grandsons Ricky and Bobby Okamura are retiring. The brothers told KQED that while the store is being sold, they hope to keep the family running the business. Continue reading.
Da Nang Vietnamese
This 38-year-old Vietnamese restaurant in Albany recently closed due to the pandemic, according to Berkeleyside. However, a second Da Nang site in Antioch remains open.
After nine years on Piedmont Avenue, Oakland’s upscale Homestead restaurant closed this month. “Even as things are slowly opening up, we have come to realize that it is time for a lifestyle change,” the owners wrote on Instagram. “… We got what we set out to do, and then some dinners in nine years, and are proud of the work we’ve done. We feel like we can gracefully move on to something new.” The owners’ pandemic fulcrum, The Humble Sandwich, will remain open for the foreseeable future. Continue reading.
In late April, Tablehopper reported that the 6-year-old Mission Gastropub will not be reopening. “After a lot of soul searching and thoughtful consideration, I decided to hand over the reins of this amazing space and let someone new try it out,” wrote Chef and Owner Trish Tracey on Instagram.
Chef Dennis Lee confirmed to the San Francisco Chronicle (SFGATE and the San Francisco Chronicle are both owned by Hearst but operate independently) that his California Korean restaurant on the Mission is permanently closed. Namu Gaji originally closed in 2019 for seismic retrofitting, with plans to move to a new room in SoMa, but the pandemic foiled those plans.
Out the door
The spinoff restaurant Slanted Door in Pacific Heights has closed after 11 years, as reported by Tablehopper for the first time. “It was a pleasure to be part of the #fillmorestreetsf district,” said an Instagram announcement from Out the Door. “OTD will not reopen. We are grateful to our team, front and back, for doing their best to ensure quality food and service.” The Slanted Door location in the Ferry Building is temporarily closed, although a new location is opening in San Ramon.
After more than 40 years in business, the southern Italian comfort food spot in the Marina District announced its closure. “It breaks my heart to have to do this, but it has to be done for my well-being,” wrote owner Angela Elia in a heartfelt post on Instagram. Ristorante Parma has been in the family since 1980 and Elia thought about working in the restaurant since she was 19. Read more.
Topsy’s, a circus-inspired bar near the Dragon’s Gate entrance to Chinatown, is closing after seven years, according to Eater SF. While the popular after-work drink spot is over, owner Angela Voloshyna has something new up her sleeve: DecoDance, a new bar that she has just opened on Polk Street.