Sad news: ~COMMONWEALTH~ was unable to come to an agreement with their landlord on their lease, so the team has decided to close the restaurant after service on August 26th, after nine years on Mission Street. Eater mentions the team (which includes chefs Jason Fox and Ian Muntzert, Anthony Myint, and Karen Leibowitz) have been unable to find another location, so they’re going to take a break for a bit. Chef Jason Fox will be inviting in some chef friends for a few last dinners. What a bummer. 2224 Mission St. at 18th St.
An unexpected closure is IZAKAYA SUSHI RAN in the Castro, which originally opened as Nomica a few years ago with chef Hiroo Nagahara, and switched to the izakaya format last November after his departure to LA. Eater noticed a short note about the closure on their website, but no reason is given. Best wishes to the team—they have been so supportive of the community. 2223 Market St. at Sanchez.
And in the Financial District, I just received word that SAUCE is closing Friday July 26th, the last day to get their portobello fries. According to their email, “Our lease is up, and we have decided to move on, it’s time for new projects and life changes and all the things that happen after a decade or so in business.” 56 Belden Pl. at Pine.
Crispy oysters and horseradish at Commonwealth. Photo courtesy of Commonwealth.