Temporary Closures (Fires! Changes! Remodels!) and Permanent Closures (Maki)


The Cassava crew saying farewell (for a couple of weeks). Photo via Facebook.

A crazy number of fires have happened in recent days: first, ~FORBES ISLAND~ near Pier 39 experienced a fire in the Sea Lion Room (one of the private rooms on the main level of the island). Scoop says they hope to get back up and running soon, but will need to cut off the portion of the barge that is damaged. Stand by for updates. Sea Lion Harbor, H Deck, at Pier 41, 415-951-4900.

~LITTLE BAOBAB~, the restaurant/club in the Mission, suffered a fire, and owner Marco Senghor says it could be five or six months until it reopens (TBD). Scoop says the business will move into nearby Bissap Baobab while repairs are made. 3372 19th St. at Mission, 415-643-3558.

And over in Oakland, 61-year-old ~MERRITT RESTAURANT & BAKERY~ has tragically suffered a bad fire. Here’s a thoughtful post on SFGate about why the potential loss of this Oakland institution would be such a shame. 203 E. 18th St. at 2nd Ave, Oakland, 510-444-8680.

No more fires, okay?

Some good news: the ~BACON BACON TRUCK~ is back on the road after their truck had a nasty fire (follow the truck on Twitter). But Uppercasing has some bad news: their brick-and-mortar location at 205A Frederick St. in the Haight is going to be shut down on May 17th due to a couple of neighbors who aren’t fans of the business (the café just had a conditional use permit). If you’d like to help them stick around, you can join more than 1,500 other supporters and sign the petition here. 205 Frederick St. at Ashbury, 415-571-8516.

The fab folks at ~CASSAVA~ have closed the café for the next couple of weeks while they undergo an exciting expansion into a neighboring space. I’ll update you when they are set to reopen.

Also seems ~KITCHENETTE~ in Dogpatch has something exciting up their sleeves. Grubstreet noted they are closed for the month of May—stand by for details on what’s going on (catering is still available, FYI). 958 Illinois St. at 20th St.

And in the permanent closure file, ~MAKI~ in the Kinokuniya building in Japantown has closed. Yes, the place with the expensive but delicious wappa meshi dishes and frosty service. A business called Tenroku Sushi appears to be moving in. 1825 Post St. at Fillmore.