Official Closures Include COI and Ardiana

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Coi. Photo by Maren Caruso.

While chef Daniel Patterson’s ~COI~ has been closed throughout the pandemic, posts on Instagram and the website pointed to a hopeful reopening soon. Sadly, that is no longer the case: in a recent post, Patterson shares: “Next month Coi will turn 16. Sadly it won’t be sweet, and we won’t be open to celebrate. In 2019 lenders took over my company, and when the pandemic first hit they refused to let me reopen. I tried everything. When the Michelin Guide included Coi in the most recent guide I thought that might change their minds. I proposed a remodel and to reopen with a fresh vibe, but they still said no. It breaks my heart to lose a restaurant I put so much love and so much of my life into.” You can read more in his post—a lot of talent came through that kitchen, and it was always a groundbreaking culinary experience, highlighting unique ingredients and techniques. And it was always such a quirky find, an inviting oasis of high-end dining tucked incongruously in the midst of the Broadway strip clubs. Thank you for the memories of beautiful meals there! Patterson is busy in LA with Alta Restaurant in West Adams and Locol, and congrats on his recent engagement!

In my previous newsletter, I broke the news about Damansara opening in the ~ARDIANA~ space in Noe Valley, and I just received a note from Sharon Ardiana and her team about the official closure and sale: it was too tough to run three businesses, and while it was a good five-year run, the team “made the tough decision to close and focus our efforts on Gialina and Ragazza. Both are doing well and hopefully this summer, SF will return to a more robust dining scene and we can put these shitty 2 years behind us!” Cheers to that.

SFGate reports ~BAONECCI RISTORANTE~ in North Beach—which closed last year—has reopened as Caffe Baonecci in Frisco, Texas, which is kind of perfect. Best wishes.