September 2011 Openings & Closures: Hotel Restaurants Change with the Times

Ron Starr
The end of an era at the Ritz Carlton
​With the closure of the Dining Room at the Ritz Carlton after 20 years and the W Hotel opening Trace, the City's restaurant scene saw the loss of a traditional, white-tablecloth dinner, and the ascendance of sustainable fare in a modern, sleek setting. Neither hotel stopped there. The W Hotel squeezed in the month's end reopening of its library bar and lobby bar, and the Ritz Carlton is planning to unveil a new restaurant, by the Dining Room's chef Ron Siegel, before the holidays.

Trace opened with a nod to Scandinavian design (181 Third St. at Howard).
Blue Bottle Coffee Trailer found a spot outside of the nixed Dolores Park venue (Division at Brannan).
La Boulange opened a streamlined, modern Union Square outpost, no traditional French country colors found here (222 Sutter at Kearny).
Winemakers' Speakeasy opened as a pop-up hosting, wine tasting venue (1152 Valencia at 22nd St.).

Additional Openings
• Rock Candy Snack Shop (521 Cortland at Andover)
• The Pastry Cupboard (1596 Market at Franklin)
• Fluffy Snow (1314 Noriega at 20th Ave.)
• Canela (2272 Market at Sanchez)
• Grill House Mediterranean (533 Jones at Geary)
• Campus (a new bar on 2241 Chestnut at Pierce)
• Prime Dip (518 Larkin at Turk)
• Steins (731 Clement, at Eighth Ave.)

The Dining Room at the Ritz Carlton closed after 20 years on Sept. 15.
• El Tonayense left its Mission location due to the end of the lease, the Potrero Hill location remains open.
• Y Ben House Restaurant, the popular dim sum restaurant in Chinatown, closed with the owners' retirement.
• SJ Crawfish: Our own Jonathan Kauffman reported the Sunset Vietnamese-Cajun restaurant closure, and the space's transformation into a mooncake pop-up.

Additional Closures
• B3
• Burma Tea Leaf
• Delaney's
• What's Up Dog? (Tenderloin location)
• Beautifull! (Irving location)
• Asuka Ramen

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