I am so so sorry to learn YUZUKI JAPANESE EATERY is closing on March 31st, after seven years in business. Owner Yuko Hayashi wrote a heartfelt note in her email today, hopefully she will post it on Facebook. I appreciated the quality ingredients and purity of flavor they always presented at this humble and thoughtful restaurant. You can go in for a last meal, and enjoy a 20 percent discount on all full bottles of wine and sake through the end of the month. Best wishes to the team. 598 Guerrero St. at 18th St.
After running Senegalese gathering place BISSAP BAOBAB for 20 years in the Mission, owner Marco Senghor is selling the business to help cover legal fees related to citizenship issues he’s having. A whole bunch of people are really hoping he can get everything sorted—he has hosted and built such a strong community here. Senghor is reportedly reopening in Oakland, so that’s hopeful. Little Baobab will remain open. Read more in the Mission Local piece. 3372 19th St. at Mission.
BI-RITE CREAMERY in the Mission is closing for mandatory seismic retrofitting, and plans to reopen in May. But before you start screaming over no ice cream, they’re come up with a great solution: their brand-new (and solar-powered!) Creamery Truck, which they have started parking outside the Creamery on 18th Street, serving pre-packed ice cream cups in their most popular flavors, as well as ice cream sandwiches, popsicles, cookies, and bottled beverages. 12pm-9pm daily. 3692 18th St. at Guerrero.
After three years in business, TAMARIND HALL THAI STREET FOOD & BAR in North Beach is due to close around March 15th—owner Salisa K. Skinner has young children and wants to be able to spend more time with them. 1268 Grant Ave. at Vallejo.
And here’s a follow-up on my news about COLETTA GELATO closing their Harrison Street location: I heard back from the owners and they are in negotiations on a much more prominent and accessible neighborhood venue, and they are still planning to offer Coletta Gelato at Little Finn in the Castro when it opens in late spring. Stand by for updates.
The sunny dining room at Yuzuki. Photo courtesy of Yuzuki.