Some updates about closures around the Bay, starting with this temporary closure of MAISON NICO, who decided to commit to being an épicerie instead of a restaurant. Yay for us! In order to convert the space to be more efficient, they’re closing on Sunday April 3rd to make some updates, and plan to reopen later this summer. Which means this week is the last call for their brilliant aspic de homard en bouillabaise and brioche feuilletée! Open Wed-Sat 9am-6pm and Sun 9am-4pm. 710 Montgomery St. at Washington.
Sigh, the grandchildren at Japantown’s BENKYODO COMPANY, Ricky and Bobby Okamura, couldn’t find a buyer, so after 115 years in business, they’re closing the shop March 31st to retire. The lines of devoted fans to get one last bite of mochi have been very, very long; this slice of SF confectionary history will be missed. 1747 Buchanan St. at Sutter. [Via SFGATE]
I posted in my Instagram Stories last week that HOTBIRD has flown the Twitter building coop to Oakland—according to their post, they’re opening in April at 1951 Telegraph Ave. #2 at 20th St., Oakland.
Sad news out of Old Oakland: Sarah Kirnon held the last night of service for MISS OLLIE’S this past weekend, after 10 years of being such a charging station for the community, in so many ways. You can read all the details in this piece on KQED, which mentions she will be announcing a potential takeout project in Oakland at some point, and she is still looking for a location for her nonprofit project, Sanctuary. It’s not just her epic skillet-fried chicken and goat curry that will be greatly missed—Miss Ollie’s provided a deeply personal, grounded, safe space for people to gather and be in community, and to have a damn good time. Thank you for everything, Sarah. Catch you on the flip side. 901 Washington St. at 9th St., Oakland.
The brioche feuilletée from Maison Nico. Photo: © tablehopper.com.