After many years of running a restaurant at Gough and Grove, The Absinthe Group announced they’re closing BARCINO on February 15th. The team is going to be focused instead on opening ARBOR in the former Arlequin Cafe space; Barcino chef de cuisine Kaili Hill and general manager Michael Goss will transition to Arbor in their same roles. Executive chef Ryan McIlwraith is working with the team to develop a new menu that will be convenient to the neighborhood, and they will continue to offer guests access to the refreshed outdoor patio (along with neighboring Arlequin Wine Merchant). Stand by for updates.
Folks in the Castro who depend upon SLURP NOODLE BAR for a quick dinner or bite before a movie will be bummed to know it closed after six years in the Castro. (469 Castro St.) Just up the street, DAPPER DOG has also closed. 417 Castro St. at Market. Read more on Hoodline.
Over in the Sunset, SAN TUNG 2 has closed, it was reportedly a challenge to run both locations—fortunately the main dumpling and wing location soldiers on. Hoodline mentions the new tenant is Grill N Curry, serving grilled Pakistani and Indian dishes. 1033 Irving St. at 12th Ave.
Over on Polk Street, neighborhood wine and beer bar ROBBERBARON is another business forced to close its doors for a city-mandated seismic retrofit, on March 8th, which is estimated to take five-plus months. There is a chance that Robberbaron may not be able to reopen following this closure, so they are hosting a fundraising event on Thursday February 20th and a GoFundMe to help offset some costs and help them reopen. Here’s hoping they survive, and I know they’re looking for a temporary home. 2032 Polk St. at Broadway.
The new trellis with live greenery at Barcino. Photo: Kelly Puleio.