8/31/2012 12:15:00 PM

Ciao Caesar's: Vintage North Beach Restaurant Closing Tonight

The ole gang at Caesar's, photo by Dennis Hearne
North Beach. As Yogi Berra used to say, it’s so crowded nobody goes there anymore. Well, at least not for old-school Italian like veal Parmigiana and spaghetti and meatballs. And so after 56 years, Caesar’s Italian Restaurant, one of the last of a dying breed is closing its doors for good after tonight’s dinner service. The family-run restaurant was the real deal with tuxedoed waiters, groaning seven-course set dinners and stiff drinks, and bore the tagline “Eat where the Italians eat.” But with tonight’s closing, restaurants like Caesar’s mainly live on as a shtick on Saturday Night Live.

Do note: the restaurant is completely sold out for their final lunch and dinner and will not be accepting any walk-ins. However, its Facebook page will remain up for those who want to share their reminiscences. No word on what will replace Caesar’s, but let’s hope it won’t be a farm-to-fork small-plates restaurant.

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