Man, some definite bummers in here, starting with the closure of ~FARMERBROWN~ after holding it down at the corner of Mason and Turk in the thick of the Tenderloin for 13 years. It really is so hard to operate a restaurant in SF these days—so much work for not enough profit. You can read more in the Chronicle piece here. Fortunately, you can still catch chef-owner Jay Foster at his new project, Isla Vida. But still, what a shame, farmerbrown had a lot of original soul and vibes. Thanks for all the memories and trailblazing in that neighborhood, Jay.
Another unfortunate old-timer is throwing in the towel: after a couple years of trying to sell the business, owner Sidney Weinstein of ~PAULINE’S PIZZA~ is retiring and closing the pizzeria on December 21st. She sold the building, which she owns with her husband Ray, to a nearby elementary and middle school. The restaurant has been open since 1985, known for its vegetarian pies, pesto pizza, garden-fresh ingredients, and one of the most memorable and quirky bathrooms. Thanks for all the meals over the years! She will continue to run her farm, so the restaurants she supplies can continue to enjoy her beautiful produce. 260 Valencia St. at Brosnan, 415-552-2050. [Via Eater.]
THEORITA, the diner-inspired restaurant downstairs from Che Fico is serving its last brunch on December 16th (it just opened in August)—you can come by for pie, coffee, and pastries until December 24th (8am-3pm). The closure is due to a multitude of reasons that are plaguing many businesses in SF: staffing, size, and not a high-enough check average to keep things going. Partners Angela Pinkerton, Matt Brewer, and David Nayfeld are relaunching in spring with a new concept. [Via Eater.]
I am sorry to learn the Castro’s HEARTH COFFEE is also closing on Sunday December 16th, after being in business for four years. The café and roaster are for sale in case someone is looking. Darn! It was one of my favorite meeting spots, and their baked goods were awesome. Best wishes to them. 3985 17th St. at Castro. [Via Hoodline.]
Jay Foster doing his magic at Isla Vida. Photo: Melissa de Mata.