Restaurant Closures in SF, and Around the Bay

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Yelp photo by Cassie J.

As I was updating the restaurant listings for the Fodor’s San Francisco 2012 guidebook (it certainly has me busy this month!), I was sad to learn that the Vietnamese ~DRAGONFLY RESTAURANT~ in the Sunset has closed. One less place for me to visit, I guess. (Eater confirmed it.) 420 Judah St. at 10th Ave.

Also, riding my bike in the Mission, I was sad to see one of my favorite pitstops for birria, ~LOS ROSALES~, has closed. 301 S. Van Ness Ave. at 14th St.

Over in Berkeley, Sunday night was the last night for Robert Lauriston’s short-lived ~LOCANDA DA EVA~. Even though the restaurant just had a quick remodel, it seems they decided to cut their losses and close sooner rather than later. Here’s hoping the talented chef, Huw Thornton, lands somewhere local, soon. 2826 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley.

Another sudden closure was up in San Anselmo, with the shuttering of ~ L’APPART~ after less than six months. According to the Inside Scoop, “As co-owner Bruno Denis explains it, closing for the winter (and maybe beyond) was a decision made with long-term business prospects in mind. Even though the restaurant was doing OK now, Denis says that the diners—especially neighborhood folks—were treating it as a ‘treat.’ That pigeon-hole as a special occasion restaurant was something Denis wanted to avoid; a neighborhood French restaurant was what they were going for, you see. Furthermore, 40 of the 70 seats are outdoors, so with the rainy season looming, they decided to cut their losses.” The owners are currently trying to sell it, and barring that, they might reconcept for the springtime. 636 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo.