This is going to have many people crying into their Hazy IPA: after ten years in business in the Fillmore, FAT ANGEL is calling it quits. I spoke with owner Jason Kirmse (who was also a player in the Hi Neighbor Hospitality Group), who says the decision to close wasn’t due to an all-too-common bad landlord situation (for once). He says it was time for a change—it was a great run, and now he’s considering other things to do. There’s a new tenant taking over the space, to be revealed soon. And great news: the Hi Neighbor Group will be absorbing their great staff at their other restaurant locations.
The last night you can get their famed pot pie (and kale salad) is on New Year’s Eve, when they will go out with a bang (expect some extra-special touches). Thanks to Jason and the team for providing people such a great first date spot, and a welcoming place for a beer (or wine) and bite all these years. 1740 O’Farrell St. at Fillmore St.
Also in the ten-year/it-has-been-a-good-run camp: after incubating numerous small food businesses in Bernal, 331 CORTLAND MARKETPLACE is calling it quits. You can read more on the owner’s non-food plans in this Hoodline piece.
After years of giggling over the name as I drive by it (try 22 years!), SQUAT & GOBBLE in the Castro has closed, and Hoodline reports a second location of owner Issa Sweidan’s Bonita Taqueria y Rotisserie will be moving in come early 2020 (the first location is in the Marina). Look for some pretty tasty-looking rotisserie chicken. The other locations of Squat & Gobble remain open in West Portal and the Marina, FYI, so you can still laugh with me. 3600 16th St. at Market.
The good-for-all-seasons Fat Angel in the Fillmore is closing after ten years. Instagram photo via @fatangelsf.