Damn it, I hate hearing when a place from good operators closes, and in this case, it’s the nine-month-old ~VOLTA~, the French and Scandinavian beauty from Umberto Gibin and Staffan Terje. Scoop reported they closed on Sunday September 25th.
A note on Volta’s Facebook page states: “We thought our unique concept and sleek design could counter some of the innate challenges of operating within the current San Francisco restaurant climate but the numbers tell us we were wrong. Ultimately, the financial reality of operating a business in a still-evolving urban location overshadowed the incredible talent and hard work of our tireless team. We appreciate all the support and understanding as we put this magnificent restaurant to rest. Through this challenging time, we are more thankful than ever for the success we have found at our other restaurants, Perbacco and barbacco, and hope you will come visit us there sometime soon.” Seems sales dropped precipitously in the summer, starting in August, down 70 percent. Oof. And so the myriad challenges of opening a restaurant in the Mid-Market neighborhood continues.
The center of Volta’s dining room (with such fantastic tile). Photo via Facebook.