While a number of rubber restaurant closures have been reported in the local media over the past few months, hundreds have disappeared without fanfare – and their numbers will only continue to grow as the months of public health contracts restricting their business continue to fall.
A new Yelp report covering the second quarter of 2020 found that 370 restaurants in the San Francisco subway area have been permanently closed since March. And while the trend is national, San Francisco ranks second after New York and Los Angeles among the subway areas with the most businesses closed, temporarily or for good. And SF is second only to Honolulu and Las Vegas in terms of closures per 1
Lori Thomas, executive director of the Golden Gate restaurant association, told KRON4 that the only thing that will help right now is more rescue money from the federal government.
“Especially with independent restaurants, you’ll see huge closure rates,” says Thomas. “And the longer this goes on, and the more so that people run out of money from the payroll loan … we’ll be lucky to get to the end of October and be able to do it.”
Restaurants can now be served outdoors, but the final death stop could come if COVID cases do not subside and indoor eating is not yet allowed when winter rains arrive, Thomas said.
Among the spectacular permanent closures in San Francisco that made the news were Locanda on a mission, the location of Inner Sunset in Nopalito, the 32-year-old franchisee on North Beach, Louis’s 83-year-old dinner, ICHI Sushi, Dobbs Ferry, Walzwerk, Popsons on Market , Hakkasan and It’s Tops diner.
Connected: The first Lewis, now Cliff House, is closing, at least temporarily
Photo: Anastasia Chepinska