Wow, this is the end of an era: was sorry to learn RANGE is closing after almost 12 years of business on Valencia. So many cocktails, so many Sungold Zingers, so many coffee-rubbed pork shoulders… SFGate reports that Phil and Cameron West are closing their seminal Valencia Street restaurant at the end of December, and it sounds like they have other plans for the space. (There are still 10 years on the lease, and they want to create something more appealing to the current Valencia crowd.) Be sure to swing by for a final-final this month. Thanks to the team for all the memories. 842 Valencia St. at 19th St.
I heard word from a reader that KULETO’S is closing after New Year’s Eve. Chef Bob Helstrom left last August after being there for 28 years, so this really is the end of the line. Swing by for their amazing eggnog while you can.
And just shy of a year of being open, STARBOARD, the Mission late-night spot with the cheeky menu, has sadly closed. Owners Daniel Hyatt, Patty West (owner of Slate Bar, next door), and Suzanne Ray gave it their best shot, but ultimately had to close; they want to thank everyone for their support. Le sigh. 2919 16th St. at S. Van Ness.
It also looks like venerable PAULINE’S PIZZA may be closing soon—the restaurant is currently up for sale for $150K. It has been open since 1985, known for its garden-fresh pizza toppings and as a haven for parents with little ones (and having one of the most memorable bathrooms). Go get a pesto pizza while you can. Sigh. [Via Capp Street Crap via Eater.] 260 Valencia St. at Brosnan, 415-552-2050.
The interior. Photo: © tablehopper.com.