A Sad and Rather Long List of Closures

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Pastries at Knead Patisserie. Photo from Facebook.

The Mission has lost a favorite bakery: ~KNEAD PATISSERIE~ closed on Saturday October 3rd, according to a tweet. For those missing their pomme d’amour and croissants, follow along on Facebook, because they mention plans to reopen within a year in Lodi. Shauna Desvoignes, the owner of Knead, has moved with her husband Jake to the country, though Jake will stay on as chef at ~LOCAL MISSION EATERY~. However, while they figure out his commuting and other shifts within the company, Local Mission Eatery is going to pause their brunch service and ramp up their small plates and by-the-glass wine offerings in the next few weeks. 3111 24th St. at Folsom, 415-655-3422.

Hawkeyed Chowhounds caught the closure of the Outer Richmond location of ~ENJOY VEGETARIAN~, and Yelpers confirmed it. The Chinatown and Sunset locations remain open, though. 5344 Geary Blvd. at 18th Ave.

Another oyster business in West Marin has attracted regulations and drama, and this time it’s the picnic area at ~TOMALES BAY OYSTER COMPANY~ that’s in hot water. As of Sunday October 11th, the picnic tables and grills will all be removed due to permitting issues with Marin County, SFist reports. The county cites concerns about traffic and safety, though the Marin County Planning Commission recently denied a request from Tomales Bay Oyster Company for a permit to add additional parking and legalize their current picnic setup.

After October 11th, the company will only be able to sell oysters to go on Fridays from 12pm to 5pm and Saturdays and Sunday from 9am to 5pm. Since picnickers represent about 60 percent of the company’s business, they’ve had to lay off 13 workers and are concerned about their financial stability moving forward. For more information on nearby beaches where you can picnic after purchasing oysters on the weekends, head here. Please feel free to sign this petition in support of the multigenerational family business. The current plan is to reapply for a permit and hope for the best. 15479 Shoreline Hwy., Marshall.

Speaking of local politics and drama, The Bay Area Reporter has a very interesting article on vacant spaces in the Castro owned by neighborhood investor Les Natali. Apparently, after the announcement of the pending closure of ~ZAPATA~ last month due to a lease dispute with Natali, the Castro Merchants Association wrote an open letter to him, expressing concerns over the many empty storefronts he owns in the neighborhood (Zapata is due to close on October 16th, after being open since 1993). There are a few lawyers involved at this point and, of course, lots of opinions. Stay tuned.

Eater reports that Marina sushi spot ~YUZU~ has closed, and a note on their website confirms it. They hint that there are plans afoot to reopen elsewhere, perhaps in Sacramento. 3347 Fillmore St. at Chestnut.

A couple of weeks ago, we mentioned that ~PAL’S TAKEAWAY~ is moving to the East Bay, and just wanted to remind everyone that Friday October 9th is their last day in the Mission before reopening in The Hive in Oakland.