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These are the restaurants in San Francisco that closed permanently in September

September was a tough month for restaurant closures, and the Glass Fire in Napa Valley only added to the chaos as the famed restaurant in Meadowood succumbed to the flames along with several other wineries. Here’s a selection of notable restaurants in San Francisco and the wider Bay Area that closed in September.

For permanent restaurant and bar closures for the month of August, click here, or scroll through the slideshow above to see restaurant closures for 2020.


After 12 years of dazzling San Franciscans at his glamorous Indian restaurant, Dosa on Fillmore Street has closed for good after months of financial difficulties. This is not, however, a final farewell for Dosa. Dosa by Dosa, Oakland’s fast-casual version, will remain open for takeout. Read more.

Tribune’s Tavern

After seven years of operating inside Oakland’s historic Tribune Tower, the restaurant’s owner announced that Tribune Taveren would be closing permanently following a disagreement with its landlord over rent payment amid the pandemic. “If we had to pay it all, we would go bankrupt,” owner Chris Pastena told Berkeleyside. Learn more.

cake gallery

Known for its, uh, colorful and cheeky cakes, Cake Gallery has closed for good after 38 years in business, Broke-Ass Stuart reported. [Read more here, but be warned the photos are NSFW.]

Trou Normand, Nommo and Obispo

Star restaurateur and bartender Thad Vogler has announced that three of his four San Francisco restaurants will be closing permanently. The closures come as Vogler told the San Francisco Chronicle he “made mistakes” growing up “too quickly,” though the pandemic hasn’t helped matters either. Read more.

The Sicilian Trattoria

The Italian restaurant in Berkeley announced plans to close at the end of September after struggling to find its footing amid the ongoing pandemic. Angelo D’Alo, general partner and head chef, plans to consolidate the business with his other restaurant, Agrodolce, which is better equipped to operate in the new normal. Read more.

Uyghur cuisine from Sama

Sama Uyghur Cuisine in Union City, which the San Francisco Chronicle called “one of the few Uyghur restaurants in the Bay Area,” closed its doors this month.

South Pacific Brewing

The Mission District brewery and restaurant closed despite briefly reopening its patio to customers for alfresco dining, seeking to sell the business after nine years in the neighborhood. Read more.

San Francisco Bakery

The local bakery chain known for its flaky croissants and other pastries has permanently closed two locations: one in the Rockridge neighborhood of Oakland and the other on Sutter Street in San Francisco. Co-owner Nicolas Bernadi attributed both closures to the inability to reach rent reduction agreements with landlords. Read more.

Rosamunde sausage grill

Rosamunde’s Oakland site at Swan’s Market closed in September, saying the outpost “felt a dramatic decline in business following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic” in an article on social media about the shutdown. Its Mission District location remains open in San Francisco. Read more.

Street grill on the beach

The 15-year-old organic breakfast and brunch restaurant in Fisherman’s Wharf announced in early September that it would not reopen after the pandemic. Read more.

Restaurant in Meadowood

The Glass Fire damaged several wineries as well as the three-star Michelin restaurant at Meadowood and the Grill at Meadowood, two of the restaurants at the popular Meadowood Resort. Chef Christopher Kostow confirmed the heartbreaking news on social media on Monday and received an outpouring of support and condolences from other chefs and restaurateurs who mourned the loss of Kostow’s restaurants. Read more.

Dianne de Guzman is Food + Drink Editor at SFGATE. Email: