Isla Vida Sadly Closed, Plus a Couple Temporary Closures (Yamo and The Riddler)

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Jay Foster doing his magic at Isla Vida. Photo: Melissa de Mata.

Damn, am so sorry to report ~ISLA VIDA~ has closed in the Fillmore after a year of giving it their all. Co-owners Jay Foster, Matthew Washington, and Erin Traylor were turning out some mighty tasty Afro-Caribbean food and tropical vibes, but unfortunately operational costs proved to be too much for them to stay open, plus slow foot traffic, and other challenges. You can read more in the Chronicle piece. Sorry it didn’t work out, there was a lot of heart in this project, and pride in opening a black-owned business in the Fillmore. 1300 Fillmore St. at Eddy.

Broke-Ass Stuart reports on the closure of SoMa’s ~CREPES A GO GO~, which has gone gone. Sorry, late-night crêpe fans! (Their North Beach location, which opened earlier this year, is open.)

A couple remodeling updates as well: shocker of shockers, beloved hole in the wall ~YAMO~ is currently closed for a refresh. No word of when one of SF’s best bargain meal counters is opening back up (oh, those garlic noodles!), hopefully soon (the phone line is just endlessly busy). 3406 18th St. at Mission, 415-553-8911. [Via Hoodline.]

And just in case you’re wondering when your Champagne headquarters is coming back, ~THE RIDDLER~ is closed for a mandatory seismic retrofit, and is taking the opportunity to refresh a few things. Look for a reopening after August. 528 Laguna St. at Fell.