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Why Dominique Crenn is temporarily closing one of his restaurants in San Francisco

“It’s goodbye, not goodbye” for one of Dominique Crenn’s restaurants in San Francisco.

On Saturday, the Michelin-starred chef announced that Petit Crenn, a cozy French bistro in Hayes Valley, would close its doors to customers until next January as it pivots to a new goal: feeding communities in need during the crisis. of COVID-19. The last day the restaurant is open is Tuesday.

“It’s been an honor to have been able to feed you through this pandemic and we look forward to feeding you again in the new year,” Crenn wrote. “We are proud to have been a part of the Bay Area’s magnificent food and wine scene and are eternally grateful to have served our beloved city.”

For the past few weeks, Petit Crenn has offered curbside pickup and a rotating menu of “Crenn kits” featuring popular small plates like grilled shrimp with corn succotash and mashed beans plus a dip. leek and feta with Adventure Bread crostini, courtesy of Josey Baker Bread. The restaurant also held a fundraiser inviting customers to enjoy oysters and rosé on their patio, with all proceeds going to GLIDE.

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In the coming months, however, Petit Crenn will be partnering with Rethink Food NYC, a nonprofit that aims to reduce food waste and provide free meals to low-income communities across the country in response to the pandemic. During the shutdown, Little Crenn will be using her kitchen as a space to prepare some of these meals and distribute them throughout the city, with Crenn at the helm overseeing the local initiative and cooking a few meals herself.

“Stay tuned for pop-up announcements and invites to hang out and support,” Crenn wrote. “We love you and miss you already.”

Amanda Bartlett is an SFGATE digital journalist. Email: | Twitter: @byabartlett