The New Year Brings a Slew of Closures

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Photo from The Moss Room.

It’s a new year, which always brings a bunch of news about post-holiday closures. Inside Scoop broke the news that Loretta Keller’s ~THE MOSS ROOM~ abruptly closed January 1st, and Charles Phan is taking it over. Phan, who runs the Academy Café at the California Academy of Sciences, is reportedly “going to do something completely different in the space, but hopes to revamp and have it back open within ‘a month or two.’” No word on chef Michael Morrison’s next steps.

Over in the Mission, ~THE SUMMIT~ (aka LAPTOP CITY) released the news that it’s closing on January 31st, 2012. The plan is to reopen elsewhere soon; we’ll have to see what chef Eddie Lau does with his Dux dinners in the meantime. No word what I/O Ventures has in store for the space. 780 Valencia St. at 19th St.

Over in Chinatown, bad news for dim sum lovers. Chowhounders posted news that ~GOLD MOUNTAIN~ has closed. Yelpers mention Gold Mountain’s lease ended, and so the owners decided to close up and travel. 644 Broadway at Stockton.

After 16 years in the Castro, ~2223 RESTAURANT~ closed after service on New Year’s Day, and now the transformation into ~JAKE’S ON MARKET~ with chef Erik Hopfinger will be underway. Jim Maxwell of Architects II is leading the remodel, adding booths, a marble bar top, a new color scheme, and more. The opening is scheduled for the end of January. 2223 Market St. at Sanchez.

Scoop reported ~MISSION ROCK~ in China Basin is closing for a remodel, and new owner Peter Osborne (MoMo’s, Pete’s Tavern, Pedro’s Cantina) will be opening Mission Rock Brewery and Oyster Bar in its place, potentially by the summer. 817 Terry Francois Blvd. at Mariposa.

Over in North Beach, Scoop announced owner Scott Holley has closed ~STEPS OF ROME TRATTORIA~ (not to be confused with Steps of Rome Caffe, which remains open). 362 Columbus Ave. at Vallejo.