Closures: Contigo, Moya Moving to Catering Only, Albona, More


Elan and Brett Emerson when they were first opening Contigo. Photo via Facebook.


Moya’s vegetarian combo. Photo from Yelp via Todd I.


A look inside Little Taqueria in the Inner Richmond. Photo via Facebook.

This section is never fun, especially when there are a bunch of closures to announce. Gah. First, beloved ~CONTIGO~ has closed after 10 years in Noe Valley. Owners Brett and Elan Emerson decided to close the restaurant to focus on their upcoming project, Barceloneta, which is opening in Santa Cruz. Be sure to read their sweet goodbye note—that cozy little spot will be missed.

Tipster Jason B. was back in town, and clued me in to what’s happening at ~MOYA~ in SoMa, the heartfelt Ethiopian restaurant from Fana Alemayehu, which has been open since 2010. It ends up she’s closing the restaurant this Friday November 30th, and will be transitioning to a catering business only. Be sure to read her farewell note on Instagram. And if you need some catering, please support this female-owned business! Her dishes use spices prepared by her mother in Ethiopia! 121 9th St. at Minna.

Moving in to the location will be a second location of South San Francisco’s Big Belly Deli, with sandwich names that pay homage to mobsters, like the Capone.

Old-timer ~ALBONA RISTORANTE ISTRIANO~ is closing after 30 years in North Beach, the only Istrian restaurant in SF. Inside Scoop reports the last night will be December 31st. Owner Samuel Hernandez and his wife Beatriz took over the restaurant in 2008 from original owner Bruno Viscovi and are reportedly retiring. Regulars, head in for a final dish of rabbit while you can. 545 Francisco St. at Mason.

Some other closures: ~THE MEATBALL BAR~ in Hayes Valley has closed after eight months. The downtown location remains open. 602 Hayes St. at Laguna. [Via Hoodline.]

Also in Hayes Valley: ~MINAS BRAZILIAN~ has closed. 41 Franklin St. at Oak. [Via Hoodline.]

And in the Inner Richmond, ~LITTLE TAQUERIA~ in the Inner Richmond has closed after two years of business. 200 6th Ave. at Clement. [Via Hoodline.]