October saw more restaurant closures in SF and beyond

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Over the past month, the Bay Area continued to see a number of restaurant closings that included businesses that were decades old.

Among the long-standing restaurants that closed their doors was Original US Restaurant, which debuted in San Francisco in the late 1890s. The Italian restaurant moved around the city many times before it moved on. finally arriving at its last location at 414 Columbus Avenue in 2015.

There were also companies that made the headlines for controversial reasons. Oakland-based Belcampo, which rose to fame as a sustainable meat supplier, shut down the company’s operations and closed its restaurants after a former staff member shared a viral video claiming the company was labeling wrong and sold meat products that were not from Belcampo.


Here is the list of Bay Area restaurant closings for October:

Agave Sports Bar & Grill

San Jose’s messy sports bar closed for good on Oct. 17 after the city filed a lawsuit to shut it down. Agave Sports Bar & Grill had been investigated for suspected drug use by on-site patrons, among other issues, but the restaurant was particularly hit with gunfire in June when an allegedly intoxicated customer overturned his car at high speed and killed a staff member. Read more.

Belcampo

Months after Belcampo was embroiled in a scandal accusing the sustainable meat company of selling products from other meat suppliers, the Oakland-based company, along with its restaurants, has shut down. Read more.

Dosa by DOSA

The last remaining Dosa restaurant in the Bay Area closed at 2301 Broadway Ave. in Oakland, as first reported by Berkeleyside. SFGATE contacted co-owner Anjan Mitra who confirmed the closure but did not give details. The popular Indian restaurant will be replaced with a quick and relaxed sandwich chain. Read more.

Halu

The 12-year-old Japanese restaurant in Inner Richmond has closed after a long shutdown amid the pandemic. The Chronicle of San Francisco first reported the news. Halu will be remembered for its ramen and yakitori skewers.

Hip hop juice box

The juice and smoothie business in Emeryville died out in mid-October after a year and a half of operation. Owner Eric Turner made the announcement on Instagram, but did not share the reasons that led to the closure. He hinted that Hip Hop Juice Box could return in the future.

Jiangnan cuisine

Jiangnan Cuisine, which focused on Shanghai dishes, quietly closed its doors in Outer Richmond. And now SF first broke the news. It’s unclear what led to the shutdown, but the new outlet has indicated that the company will be replaced by Tea O’Clock.

June’s Pizza located at 2311 Magnolia St. in Oakland has closed.

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June Pizza

The Oakland pizza place, which has become a pandemic favorite and was known to sell out within minutes, closed permanently in early October due to a lack of proper operating permits, according to a Instagram post by the restaurant. Read more.

Bakery Le Marais

Boulangerie Le Marais announced the Instagram that he would close his marina outpost by the end of October. On Instagram, the owners of the company shared that after 10 years at 2066 Chestnut Street, its lease would not be renewed. Fortunately, its other locations around San Francisco and Mill Valley will remain open.

Longhorn Coal Pit

Sunnyvale’s Longhorn Charcoal Mine quietly closed after 61 years. It was considered the oldest restaurant in town, according to The news of Mercury. Owners Dave and Jean Han shared the news on a note that was recorded on their storefront that read in part, “We will miss you!” Read more.

Original American restaurant

The longtime North Beach restaurant has closed for good after its long closure due to the pandemic, as first reported by the Chronicle of San Francisco. The historic business had operated in various locations in San Francisco since the 1890s. Read more.

Pearl Coffee

Pearl Cafe, known for its Hawaiian dishes, announcement its permanent closure on its website after 15 years in Mountain View.

Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that the Le Marais bakery store in Mill Valley was closed. The story has been updated to reflect this was the location in the Marina District of San Francisco.



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