Oldies Forbes Island, Buca di Beppo, and Chaya Close, Plus Others


Forbes Island, with its shuttle, in the Pier 39 marina. Photo via Facebook.

Wow, quite the slew of old-timers just closed, starting with the ever-quirky ~FORBES ISLAND~, the floating barge disguised as an island that has been in the Pier 39 marina for over 20 years. It seems owner Forbes Kiddoo (the best sailor name ever) has retired), and we’ll have to stand by to learn where the island will end up next. Anyone want to buy an island? It comes with a lighthouse. And a beach. And palm trees. And a dining room that’s like a ship. And a tiki bar. Hmmmm. [Via Inside Scoop.]

Another quirky closure is ~BUCA DI BEPPO~, after 20 years. The building is going to be turned into office space. 855 Howard St. at 5th St.

And then fusion outpost ~CHAYA~ on the Embarcadero has also shuttered after 17 years (its lease was not renewed). 132 The Embarcadero at Mission.

Lastly, Hoodline reports Vietnamese ~MEKONG KITCHEN~ in the Castro has closed. Farewell, spicy oxtail pho. 4039 18th St. at Noe.

A tablehopper tipster also let me know that ~MEN OH TOKUSHIMA RAMEN~ and ~SHABUWAY~ in the Inner Richmond (which were just next door to each other) have closed. The other Shabuway locations remain open. 5120 Geary Blvd. at 16th Ave.