Big news from over the weekend: North Beach’s ~TOSCA CAFE~ closed after service Saturday night. Eater reports chef-owner April Bloomfield is keeping the bar open for a bit, but no word for how long. In a follow-up statement to Eater, Bloomfield states, “Tosca Cafe will close temporarily as I prepare to transfer this iconic restaurant to new management. The conversation is still in-progress, so I can’t comment further, but I expect the restaurant to return to full operation in the near future.”
According to Eater, it sounds like Tosca has had financial troubles of late. Shame that Bloomfield and Friedman didn’t transfer it to chef Josh Even and Dana Katzakian when they made an offer. But, I’m glad there’s new management taking over—here’s hoping they bring armloads of sage to smudge the fuck out of that place, which I haven’t had much of a desire to return to since Isaac Shumway was let go back in 2015. I’m glad this treasured location will stay with us, but hopefully the next operators will do right by it, and our city that loves it so.
The dining room at Tosca. Photo by Sonya Yu via Tosca.