Closures Include Venticello, Halu, Original U.S. Restaurant, and More


The cozy dining room at Venticello. Photo courtesy of Venticello.


The awesome mural inside the restroom at Dosa by Dosa. Photo: ©

This part of my column is always a bummer. Some closures to report include the 29-year-old ~VENTICELLO~, which has been closed throughout the pandemic (their business relied on tourists staying in nearby hotels). Sibling owners Christina and Michael Deeb will continue to run the nearby Nob Hill Cafe. 1257 Taylor St. at Washington.

The chef hangout ~HALU~ (a tiny yakitori izakaya in the Inner Richmond) and the historic ~U.S. RESTAURANT~ in North Beach (it has been in the neighborhood since the 1890s) have both closed. [Via Chronicle]

~MELA TANDOORI~ in Civic Center posted about their decision to close, although they hope to reopen elsewhere. 536 Golden Gate Ave. at Van Ness.

A tablehopper tipster let me know the short-lived ~EL COREANO~, which was at the corner of 23rd and Bryant, “appears to be done—windows papered over, menus taken down. It’s sad as Mission Local just featured an article on the manager, Fidel, and he really was a sweetheart.” 2848 23rd St at Bryant.

After seven years in the Castro, ~RÉVEILLE COFFEE~ has closed this location. Their other locations in the nearby Lower Haight, Russian Hill, Mission Bay, and Berkeley remain open. According to their site, they have a Marina location coming this winter. 4076 18th St. at Castro. [Via Hoodline]

I was sorry to read in Nosh that the last Dosa location has closed, ~DOSA BY DOSA~ in Uptown Oakland. Sigh. 2301 Broadway, Oakland. [Via Nosh]

And lastly, while this isn’t a restaurant, ~FOG CITY NEWS~ was a big part of our local culinary culture, with one of our city’s best chocolate selections. Read more about their upcoming closure in their heartfelt note here. 455 Market St. at 1st St.