The End of the Line

T.S. Eliot may have said, “April is the cruellest month,” but for the restaurant industry, it has to be January. With the end of holiday parties and a typically slow beginning of the year, plus looming taxes, it’s when a lot of places decide to throw in the towel and call it quits. I was sorry to come home to such a long list of restaurant closures, including ~POLENG LOUNGE~ (damn damn damn); ~VIVANDE PORTA VIA~ (heck, no more of my favorite eggplant sandwiches—I loved that snack); ~CAFE MARITIME~ (I’m hoping Mark Micheltree pops up elsewhere as promised with his chowder and coconut cream pie); ~CONDUIT~ (here’s wishing the talented team all the best); ~SHANGHAI 1930~ (although it seems George Chen is potentially opening a project at 101 California); ~COTE SUD~ in the Castro (replaced by a place called Curry Boyzz, cough); ~MI LINDO YUCATAN~ (I was a fan of their cochinita pibil); and ~CARTE415~ has also been parked.

And then there’s the news that the truly infamous 24-hour ~PINECREST DINER~ has its windows papered over—I was wondering if it was truly kaput, because the number is still connected, but I didn’t get a call back. (This just in: Eater reports it’s just closed for a quick remodel.)