Some damn sad news from my inbox today: the ladies of ~WOODWARD’S GARDEN~ have announced they will be closing very soon—the date isn’t exactly firm at this time. Sadly it’s one of those stories we seem to be hearing each week: their lease is up and won’t be renewed. Co-chef and co-owner Dana Tommasino tells me they have been looking for a new space for a while, so time will tell what they end up finding. She says, “We feel nostalgic, but also thrilled at the prospect of a new restaurant/project.” They are open to any suggestions.
Chefs and co-owners Margie Conard and Dana Tommasino opened Woodward’s Garden in its quirky Mission location over 20 years ago—in 1992—pioneers at a difficult corner under the freeway at Mission Street and Duboce. But no matter how desolate the location, within, the place is known for being all heart, with their soulful and seasonal cooking, and personal touches like fresh flowers, mismatched china, vintage silverware, and strong sense of community with their regulars.
After the restaurant closes, they plan to put together some pop-up Woodward’s Garden dinners and salons, partnering with artists around town (you can keep track on their website). We’ll definitely keep you posted on any events and once the closure date is confirmed, likely within the next month. For now, you have a little bit of time to go back in for a farewell meal—one that is sure to be meaningful. The ladies have this to share: “We are so grateful to SF and its fine support of our Garden all these years. Can’t wait for the next chapter.” Us too.
The exterior of Woodward’s Garden. Yelp photo by Ann L.