Both Nico and Alta Are Closing and Reopening in New Locations


The back of Nico’s dining room, looking into the semi-open kitchen. Photo courtesy of Urban Daddy, by Michael David Rose Photography.


The unique shelving (and a look into the open kitchen) at Alta Mid-Market. Photo: ©

After announcing the closure of longtimer ~BOCADILLOS~ last week, now the taker for the space has been revealed: Laurel Heights’ ~NICO~. Owners Andrea and Nicolas Delaroque reportedly have been working on the deal for some time and hope to reopen in January in their new location. Scoop notes the space will be half the size of their current (and rather beautiful) location, but the hope is that the ability to add lunch service in this busy part of the city will make their numbers really work. Nico is closing August 26th. Fun fact: this location was originally the home of the Black Cat, a famous gay bar in the city. 710 Montgomery St. at Washington.

Meanwhile, some updates in Daniel Patterson’s culinary world: according to a piece in Eater, the flagship ~ALTA~ in Mid-Market will be closing once the upcoming Alta location in the nearby Yotel (an affordable British hotel group coming to 1095 Market St.) is open this fall (which will also feature a rooftop bar). And in Oakland, Alta will open in the former ~HAVEN~ (44 Webster St., Jack London Square) as Alta Oakland in spring 2018. And don’t forget there’s the Alta that recently opened in the Minnesota Street Project in Dogpatch. (You got all that?)