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Mar 29, 2022 2 min read

Closure Report: Maison Nico Temporarily Closing, Benkyodo's Final Days, Miss Ollie's in Old Oakland Has Closed

Closure Report: Maison Nico Temporarily Closing, Benkyodo's Final Days, Miss Ollie's in Old Oakland Has Closed
The brioche feuilletée from Maison Nico. Photo: ©
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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: ©

Wherever the Miss Ollie’s fried chicken goes, I go. Photo: ©
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