10 BAY AREA RESTAURANTS AND BARS THAT CLOSED IN JULY

This is a curated list of the Bay Area’s most notable and permanent restaurant and bar closures, with new updates published once a week. See a closing we missed? Then drop us a line. For more news, check out our list of restaurants that closed earlier this summer.

July 17

MID-MARKET — Sunset Squares Pizza has closed its Mid-Market location as of June 26, per Tablehopper. Don’t despair: Chef Dennis Lee’s slow-fermented sourdough crusts, served classic and round or Detroit-style and square, are still available at the Sunset Square Slices location at 553 Divisadero Street.

OAKLAND — Oakland’s Gyu-Kaku Japanese Barbecue location at 459 Eighth Street has closed, according to East Bay Nosh. The restaurant opened in 2021; a note posted on the restaurant’s website thanked guests and staff for the “great memories.”

BERKELEY — Za’atar Kitchen, the Mediterranean deli tucked inside the Berkeley Organic Market & Deli, has closed, per East Bay Nosh. Fans of Za’atar’s falafel can now sample Brazilian street food from Casa do Petisco, the new deli in the space.

July 10

HAIGHT ASHBURY — Fulton Street’s Barrel Head Brewhouse, known for its draft pours and menu of snacky comfort food like chili and soft pretzels, will close the weekend of July 12 after a 10-year run, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Co-owner Ivan Hopkinson told the Chron that as much as he wanted to keep the brewery and taproom open, the long-term impact of the pandemic — plus rising costs — led Barrel Head to close.

OAKLAND — Oakland’s worker-owned restaurant Understory, known for its Filipino, Moroccan, Mexican, and Vietnamese cuisine, closed on June 30, per the San Francisco Chronicle. “Despite the challenges we will face in closing operations, our full worker collective acknowledges this decision as necessary to maintain our integrity, the principles upon which Understory was founded, and for our collective to remain strong and unified throughout the transition,” the restaurant wrote on Instagram. A fundraiser to support workers’ and the restaurant’s transition is underway.

OAKLAND — The Oakland location of Baby Cafe Hong Kong Bistro, which highlights Hong Kong-style Chinese cuisine, has closed after an eight-year run in Chinatown, East Bay Nosh reports. Locations at Emeryville’s Public Market and Union City remain open.

EMERYVILLE — The original location of Minne Bell’s Soul Movement, an Emeryville soul food favorite for rosemary fried chicken and mac and cheese, will close on July 28, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. There’s a silver lining, though: Chef and owner Fernay McPherson recently expanded to a second location in San Francisco’s Fillmore district, which will remain up and running as McPherson redirects her attention there.

July 3

MARINA — Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria is closing its Marina District location at 2200 Lombard Street when the lease expires in September, the San Francisco Business Times reports. At the time of reporting, that meant the last sit-down Amici’s in San Francisco is closing — there is also a ghost kitchen location in SoMa for delivery and pick-up that remains open — but now there’s word that a new Amici’s is on the horizon. The Times now reports that Amici’s will open a location at Pier 39 this summer, along with a slew of new tenants such as Humble Sea Brewing Co. and Fire + Ice Grill and Bar.

BERKELEY — Nomad Tibetan at 1593 Solano Avenue is closed as of Sunday, June 30, East Bay Nosh reports. The restaurant served momos, noodles, and more, for 11 years in Berkeley.

HAYWARD — Long-running hot dog mini-chain Caspers will close its Hayward location at 951 C Street on Saturday, July 13, SFGATE reports. That Hayward spot has been around since 1949, and co-owner Ron Dorian told the news outlet that the company will downsize its five other locations “to make operations more efficient.”

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