Ten 2010 Restaurant Closures That Hurt
|Was Le Cheval too big to fail? Apparently not, thanks to an adversarial landlord.|
1. 1550 Hyde.The Weekly called this Russian Hill wine bar and bistro a charming blend of Paris and classic San Francisco when it opened in 2004.
|Last day of business at Bacar, once an exemplar of epic SOMA style.|
3. Bruno's. The first official review of my tenure at the Weekly. The Mission bar hasn't closed, but after contracting out food service to Katharine Zacher and Ryan Ostler for a spell it stopped serving dinner (again). Those biscuits! The smoked ribs! Dammit, this one hurt bad.
4. Le Cheval. How could a successful, much-loved Vietnamese restaurant, one of the anchors of the downtown Oakland food scene, close down? It's a rather sordid story, actually ― and not Le Cheval's fault. We wish the owners luck finding a new location.
|Danny Bowien's brilliant, unlovely Mission Burger sandwich.|
6. Mi Lindo Yucatan. San Francisco's second-most successful Yucatecan restaurant to date (the first being Tommy's in the Richmond), Mi Lindo Yucatan opened in 2004, spawned a Noe Valley branch, and then folded.
7. Mission Burger. SFoodie loved Danny Bowien's burger stand in the Duc Loi Market. Loved it lots. We mean it. Really. (Yeesh.) Then Bowien moved on to start up Mission Chinese Food with Anthony Myint. We all seem to have moved on.
|Tim Luym's beef tenderloin salpicao with marrow at Poleng Lounge.|
9. RNM. "It's been a while since a restaurant made as dazzling a first impression on me as RNM," wrote former Weekly critic Greg Hugunin in 2002, just after Justine Miner's Lower Haight bistro opened. Miner closed the restaurant this year and took time off to look out for her next project.
10. Roland's Bakery. Many of us at SFoodie thought Philip Roland's bagels were amazing. But the Lower Haight bakery closed after only six months; the baker did a short stint at Terra Bakery, but that didn't work out. Where are you, Philip Roland? Just text us sometime to let us know you're alive and baking.
The most notable closure of the year ― if "notable" means protracted and well covered ― turned out to be more of a stimulus package for its owner. We're talking about Ike's Place, of course. Evicting the 16th Street sandwich shop didn't kill Ike's. Like a hydra, when the city cut off one head, three Ike's locations popped up in its place.
Also: My list of Top 10 Most Significant Openings of 2010.