These are the restaurants in the Bay Area that closed in September


It’s a sad day when a restaurant closes its doors for good, especially after struggling to survive the pandemic. Unfortunately, September was no different for the Bay Area bar and restaurant scene. But there is a silver lining, as some of these spaces will now house new restaurants with unique flavors. For now, we remember the good times we had. Here is a selection of restaurants and bars that closed last month in San Francisco and beyond.

Check out the list of Bay Area restaurants, bars, and other food businesses that closed for good in September below. For more restaurant and bar closures in the Bay Area in 2021, check out our roundup.

Pane e Vino Trattoria

Cow Hollow’s staple Pane e Vino Trattoria closed permanently on August 26, although it was not reported until late September. The Italian restaurant was run by Chef Bruno Quercini, originally from Bianzone, Valtellina, Italy, who worked as a chef in the Bay Area for around 40 years. Favorite dishes that we will miss are risotto, thin crust pizzas, pasta and rabbit served on a puffy cloud of polenta. Learn more about Madeline Wells’ Pane e Vino.

Pane e Vino Trattoria, an Italian restaurant located at 1715 Union St. in San Francisco, has closed.

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Central kitchen

Central Kitchen, an upscale but accessible restaurant with a focus on seasonal ingredients, alfresco dining and thoughtful wine pairings, will change its concept and take on a new name. The pandemic prompted the kitchen team to change their menu to a more user-friendly model, focused on pasta. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the space will now house a casual pasta-centric restaurant dubbed Penny Roma. Chefs Thomas McNaughton and Ryan Pollnow expect the transformation to be ready in October. Learn more about Eater SF.

In situ

The award-winning In Situ has closed, according to its Instagram account. Corey Lee, chef announced at Benu, opened the restaurant in 2016 and brought acclaimed dishes from Michelin-starred restaurants around the world to his digs inside SFMOMA. The restaurant has been praised by The New York Times, Chronicle, and many other publications for its craftsmanship and mastery. Read the rest of the Chronicle. (SFGATE and the San Francisco Chronicle are both owned by Hearst but operate independently of each other.)

In Situ was known to recreate award-winning dishes from renowned restaurants around the world.

In Situ was known to recreate award-winning dishes from renowned restaurants around the world.

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Bistro SF Grill


What may have been the wellness story of the year in the SF restaurant business has come to an end. Bistro SF Grill, which served meals for just $ 5.50 in the midst of the pandemic, has closed. Owners Senijad Felic and Hasim Zecic expressed their sadness and gratitude to their community in an Instagram post. Noe Valley will surely miss this gem which offered Mediterranean and Balkan dishes. Read more about Tablehopper.

Reem Fruit Valley

Reem’s Arabic bakery will no longer exist in Fruitvale. Fortunately, chef and owner Reem Assil plans to relocate the bakery nearby as Oakland has supported it for the past five years. According to the Chronicle, the space that once housed the bakery will now be under the control of Crystal Wahpepah, a chef specializing in Native American cuisine. Reem’s California, at 2901 Mission St. in San Francisco, remains open. Read the rest of the Chronicle.


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