7/25/2012 02:55:00 PM

Closures and Rebirths on the Local Dining Scene

 Sushi Groove South, like its sister Sushi Groove, will be closing soon
With the flurry of all the new summer openings, we want to take stock of a few recent and imminent closings. Get your last licks now.

Closing Soon

Petite Syrah: You can’t accuse chef/owner Josh Silvers for not trying hard enough to salvage his Railroad Square Santa Rosa restaurant. It was only last spring that he jettisoned his fine-dining Syrah into the more contemporary small-plates oriented Petite Syrah, but it seems that even that level of downscaling wasn’t bringing in the crowds. Will third time be a charm? Silvers tells the Inside Scoop that Petite Syrah will close on August 2 but he plans to quickly rebrand it as B-L-D cafe, an even more casual three-squares hangout ( it stands for breakfast, lunch and dinner) serving “wholesome comfort food.”

Rice Broker: This ad hoc Asian rice-bowl replacement of Spork was always meant to be a temporary offering but Tablehopper tells us that owner Neil Jorgensen tweeted that his last day of service will be July 29, at which the point the building will be razed and replaced by condos. (Insert snarky gentrification comment here.) 

Sushi Groove: Nightlife promoters Martel and Nabiel’s Russian Hill sushi restaurant got shut down last spring for health code violations but now it looks like the d,j.-fueled SoMa sibling will lose its groove this fall. SF Eater snoops around and reports that a “humble” family-run sushi spot called Elephant Sushi will be replace the Hyde St spot while something called Izayaka House is readying to take over the Folsom St branch, though no formal closing date for the latter has been announced. Thus marks the end of an era when sushi had to come with a side of house music.

Neela’s: Despite critical success, chef/owner Neela Paniz (who previously ran LA’s Bombay Cafe) has announced that she will be closing her contemporary Indian restaurant (which enlivened Napa with its Bollywood videos and spice-laden cuisine) on July 31. However, she’ll still be available for special dinners and catering gigs.

Wo Hing General Store: Is alive and well (and serving late-night jook) but it does plan to discontinue lunch service as of August 1.

Already Closed

Suriya Thai: SF Eater also reports that this long-running elephant-inspired Mission Thai restaurant, that relocated crosstown a few years back has also curled up and died. Its old website redirects to something called Dok Eung Thai Cuisine, which according to the website Open Now, is already up and running. However, when we called over, the phone number was disconnected so hold off on this one for now.

Orgien: What exactly is the origin of the curse behind this Berkeley location that now adds this short-lived farm-to-table venture to a long list of failed restaurants (Zax Tavern, Casa de Eva, Maritime East and Locanda da Eva)? The owners will continue to run their other restaurant The Fig Tree in Pleasant Hill. Godspeed to the next sucker suitor!


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