The counter at Ino. Yelp photo by Jenny Q.
The window at the Crème Brûlée Cart shop (photo via Facebook).
Photo courtesy of La Boulange.
Whooooosh, you ready for a bunch of news about closures? First up, stinky tofu HQ ~SPICES!~ has reportedly closed (thanks to Chowhound for the news). Fortunately, Spices II (291 6th Ave.) remains open, but here’s hoping they get some of their luster back—things have been slipping a bit there lately. (You can read our past review of both places here.) 294 8th Ave. at Clement.
We broke the news a couple of months ago that there was an ABC license transfer under way for ~INO SUSHI~, with Ayumi and Kiyoshi Hayakawa of ~KOO SUSHI~ apparently taking over the space with a project listed as An Sushi. Sadly no one from Koo will confirm our queries, so the project details are TBD for now. But back to Ino: Ino-san and his wife are in fact retiring and closing the restaurant (Eater confirmed the closure is this week)—numerous people have been visiting to say farewell to Ino-san’s superlative ankimo. And now the city loses another one of its infamous culinary Nazi/control freak types. 22 Peace Plaza, Suite 510 at Buchanan, 415-922-3121.
Fans of the neighborhood-friendly ~MINAMI~ in the Outer Richmond will be sorry to hear it has closed its doors—reports on Yelp state the nice owners have retired. 1900 Clement St. at 20th Ave.
Hoodline filed a report of the closure dates of the 23 ~LA BOULANGE~ locations throughout the Bay Area this month and also floated the rumor that Pascal Rigo is potentially taking over the leases of some of the locations. Nothing is confirmed for now, so we’ll wait to hear from Rigo on what’s next.
Looks like the folks at Big Night Restaurant Group realized they can make more money using the ~MARLOWE BURGER~ location as an event space, so they have stopped service and it’s now a private dining space (Marlowe @330). You can book it for a cocktail party reception, a burger party, or a seated dinner, with room for up to 60 guests (standing).
Another space change: Curtis Kimball listed his brick-and-mortar location in the Mission for his ~CRÈME BRÛLÉE CART~ business, stating that his business was better suited for the evening, and the area is more of a daytime vibe. Looks like he got a taker for the space, starting today, September 1st. Best to Curtis, who will continue with his carts, and doing catering and special events (here’s another ad he’s running for help). 3338 24th St. at Bartlett.
Brunch mainstay on Valencia, ~BOOGALOOS~, has suffered a crazy rent increase, and now the space is listed on LoopNet. They’ve been in that location since 1994, what the hell. A comment on Facebook from the restaurant says, “Boogaloos lovers! We are not dead yet. Stay tuned for updates as we search for a new location. In the meantime…Order Up!!” Eater reports GM Peter Hood is going to remain open “as long as we can for our employees. Our main concern is keeping our current staff employed and helping them find new jobs.” 3296 22nd St. at Valencia.