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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Down But Not Out: S.F. Restaurant Closures in June

Posted By on Tue, Jun 30, 2009 at 2:07 PM

click to enlarge Postrio went dark in mid-June. - BROTHERFROMANOTHERMOTHER/FLICKR
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  • Postrio went dark in mid-June.
Yes, restaurants are closing in San Francisco, but it does seem that for every place that closes, another one or two spring open. (And no, they're not all fancy pizza joints.) There are other hopeful signs. Some locations of shuttered restaurants already have plans for new tenants, or the eateries themselves are slated to reopen elsewhere.

June's highest-profile closure was 20-year-old Postrio, Wolgang Puck's S.F. outpost in the Prescott Hotel. Puck has plans to renovate, redecorate, reconceive, and relaunch in 2010. Fans of West Portal's Old Krakow, the city's only white-tablecloth Polish place, might be heartened to know it hopes to find a new location. The space that housed City Grill's American comfort food will soon be French-themed Bistro 24, courtesy of Stefano Coppola, owner of both the defunct City and its next-door neighbor Lupa. In the fall, the space that was Jones Roadhouse will see the rise of yet another upscale sports bar. For those who frequented the Inner Sunset's Café Gratitude, you can still be grateful for the Mission (2400 Harrison at 20th St.) and East Bay outposts (1730 Shattuck at Virginia, Berkeley, and 230 Bay Place at Harrison, Oakland). But corporate owner Hershey's is permanently closing iconic SF chocolatier Joseph Schmidt. Oh, well -- win some, lose some. Complete list after the jump.

Asqew Grill 865 Market (at Fifth St.)

Bonbon Patisserie 308 Kearny (at Bush)

Café Gratitude 1336 Ninth Ave. (at Irving)

City Grill 4123 24th St. (at Castro)

Curbside Taqueria 2769 Lombard (at Lyon)

Jones Roadhouse 2400 Lombard (at Scott)

Joseph Schmidt Confections 3489 16th St. (at Sanchez)

Los Socios 690 Sacramento (at Kearny)

Mama Mia's Pizzaria and Pasta 1785 Union (at Octavia)

Old Krakow 385 West Portal (at 15th Ave.)

Postrio 545 Post (at Taylor)

Swirl Culture 1400 Grant (at Green)

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