It was a shocker to learn that after 15 years on Valencia, ~DOSA ON VALENCIA~ was closing (the last day of service was September 30th). Co-owner Anjan Mitra attributes the closure to the oft-cited issues of rising rent, labor costs, SF employer mandates, and food delivery services, basically all the things killing small restaurants right now—and they had a full liquor license. Read more in their post on Facebook. Thanks for all the years of feeding us—fortunately Dosa on Fillmore is still open, and Dosa by Dosa in Oakland. [Via Eater.]
Also nearby, I learned that HOOKER’S SWEET TREATS is going to be closing soon. David Williams has been serving his awesome caramels, baked goods, bread pudding, and coffee to the Tenderloin neighborhood for nine years, but a multitude of reasons have added up to force him decide to close the café. If anyone is interested in purchasing the brand, drop him an email. No word on when the closure is happening (it’s soon), you can track it on Twitter. 442 Hyde St. at Ellis.
CASTAGNA in the Marina is closing at the end of October after eight years in business. Owner Stéphane Meloni is returning to France, and the space is reportedly becoming a fast-casual restaurant. [Via Chronicle.]
Folks were dismayed with the news that Lower Haight’s ROSAMUNDE SAUSAGE GRILL had suddenly closed, but a follow-up report announced that former employee Christine Blunck will be opening Berliner Berliner in the space (she was born in Berlin), and will still serve sausages (and Tuesday burgers), plus some new additions. The grand opening is October 31st, in time for “Hallow-weenie.” Hours will be 11am-10pm. And she was able to keep the original staff! Rosamunde in the Mission and Oakland remain open. 545 Haight St. at Fillmore. [Via Hoodline.]
This one is a damn shame, since I grew up with it (my Dad’s service station was right down the street): after 60 years in business, Redwood City’s WOODSIDE DELI has closed its doors. Original owner Dan Galinetti sold the business in 2017 to Kyle Vogel, a longtime customer, who closed the business for a remodel. He reopened, but then his landlord proposed a 52 percent rent increase, and couple that with issues with staffing and healthcare costs, and it all means this precious deli is no longer with us. Thanks again to the Galinetti family for all the years of cold cuts and their epic Godfather sandwiches—sadly it wasn’t the same without you. [Via Chronicle.]
Dosa on Valencia. Photo via Dosa’s Facebook.