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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Yup, Carte415 is Gone, and Isn't Coming Back

Posted By on Tue, Jan 5, 2010 at 3:40 PM

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Carte415's Joshua Skenes told SFoodie his downtown lunch cart is, in fact, dead, and won't be returning to its space in the Atrium Lobby of 101 Second St. (at Mission). "I've been busy focusing on Saison," Skenes explained, "doing three nights a week, plus a lot of great changes to come." For weeks now, rumors have been swirling that Saison would start a wine bar and small-plates program at Stable Cafe, in addition to its formal prix-fixe dinners.

Just as we speculated earlier today, Saison's expansion in September took the chef's attention away from Carte415. Skenes said he'd consider doing some entirely different street-food concept down the line, but not in the foreseeable future. He said the downtown location wasn't great, and while he's glad he went through the process of establishing Carte145 as a licensed business, he doesn't necessarily think a cart is particularly cost-effective in San Francisco.

"There's definitely a significant amount of costs up front," Skenes said. "It's not the best option, especially if you're one person and you're going to run the business day in and day out ― you might as well stick to a brick and mortar, and not deal with the logistics of moving food back and forth."

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