Jesse Koide of Pink Zebra is galloping on. Photo via @pinkzebrasf on Instagram.
Some closures to report on, starting with the end of ~PINK ZEBRA~ at Tao Yin. Scoop reports they are only open Thu-Sat from now until their last night, Saturday June 27th. They’re going to look for another location, and in the meantime will be popping up at Namu Gaji on Monday July 13th and 20th. Follow them on their social media channels for updates.
This is going to be a spoonful of unhappiness for some people: we noticed an unexpected ABC license transfer happening at ~KOO~ in the Inner Sunset, and it appears owner and sushi chef Kiyoshi Hayakawa is selling the business after being there for 10-plus years. We’ll let you know when we hear back about what exactly is going on. 408 Irving St. at 6th Ave., 415-731-7077.
After six years of making some wicked Scotch eggs (and wings!) in the Financial District, ~WEXLER’S~ is closing after their last service on Friday June 26th. Scoop reports owner Matt Wexler is putting the space on the market soon and is looking forward to having more time to spend with his two boys. No word on what’s next for the talented chef Charlie Kleinman.
A tablehopper tipster alerted me that the windows of ~GUDDU DE KARAHI~ in the Sunset were papered over, and Yelpers also noticed the closure. Considering what a disaster service continued to be in the location, I’m not surprised to hear it closed (although Guddu made some mightily tasty dishes, including his trademark tandoori fish). It’s a shame he couldn’t get it together. A new liquor license just hit the wires for a business with the DBA of A Desi Cafe. 1501 Noriega St. at 22nd Ave., 415-759-9088.
SoMa pregame outpost ~NOVA~ is now closed as of this past weekend, and Scoop noted Ezra Berman and Miles Palliser (Corner Store, San Francisco Athletic Club) have plans for the space; the duo told Hoodline they hope to open by the end of July, serving their formula of higher-end cocktails and food. 555 2nd St. at Bryant.
Lastly, Tenderloin curry outpost ~KARE-KEN~ closed this past weekend. Eater points out the goodbye letter from owner Ryan Lee about the closure, who also wants to spend more time with his family, even though business always seemed to be pretty strong. 552 Jones St. at Geary, 415-292-5273.
One piece of relieving news: ~TOMMY’S JOYNT~ (since 1947!) is getting a new owner (SF native Chris Henry, who owns Barrel House in Sausalito), but he won’t be changing a damn thing. Exhale… 1101 Geary Blvd. at Van Ness, 415-775-4216.