Berkeley restaurants

Outer Sunset loses a number of restaurants, including the beloved Trouble Cafe

This is a curated list of the Bay Area’s most notable and permanent restaurant and bar closures, with new updates posted weekly. See a closure we missed? So write U.S.

July 21

OAKLAND — On July 29, Taiwan Bento will prepare its final lunches. On Instagram, the company announced its departure from the Bay Area food scene, attributing the formwork to “many challenges in this industry, as well as the injury of a community member to whom we had dedicated efforts and heart” in addition to a death in the family of co-owner Stacy Tang. The restaurant is known for bringing comfort to many Taiwanese expats looking for dishes that remind them of home, such as when the restaurant opened dan bing in 2021.

BERKELEY — For 36 years, Ryoji Arakaki, 70, served nigiri and rolls of all kinds to students and families on Martin Luther King Jr Way. Now, according to Food, Arakaki says it’s time to find new owners. If a new owner doesn’t arrive soon, he says he’ll just have to close the business.

SAN JOSE – A major development takes the keys to 4th Street Pizza in downtown San Jose and locks the doors down for good. Spotlight on San Jose writes that the 16-year-old company will close its store in October when the lease expires. Across from the then-newly built City Hall, the pizzeria is a favorite of city employees and San Jose State University students.


July 13

LOWER PAC HEIGHTS – Anyone driving down Pine Street has probably noticed the navy blue awning of the Gourmet Carousel Restaurant, a neighborhood staple for more than 25 years perched on the corner of Pine at Bush Street. Last week, Tablehopper spotted a transfer of the restaurant’s liquor license that appears to both confirm the closure – and plans for a new owner to revive the space.

LOWER HAIGHT — As Eater SF previously reported, the former Two Jack’s Nik’s Place business in Haight, near Webster Street, has closed after more than 45 years in business. Second-generation owner and operator Nikki Cooper made the announcement on Instagram, adding that restaurant staff will be able to move to Two Jack’s Seafood in the Bayview.

LAUREL HEIGHTS — Also via Tablehopper comes confirmation of the closure of Derm Restaurant, a Thai restaurant on Geary Boulevard between Spruce Street and Parker Avenue. The restaurant has made no public announcement about its closure, but the restaurant’s phone line is not ringing and the establishment is marked as permanently closed on Google and Yelp.

SACRAMENTO – Sacramento burger destination the Shack will serve its last meals at 5201 Folsom Boulevard on July 31, the Bee reports. The restaurant made the announcement on Facebook, writing in part: “From the bottom of our hearts, we want to thank our customers who have supported us for over 17 years and helped us create the wonderful community we love so much.


July 7

OUTER SUNSET — The first of the few mentions of Outer Sunset is the most notable: Inspiring toasties and cold-water swimmers everywhere, Trouble Coffee suddenly packed its bags last week. After 15 years, Giulietta Carreli took to Instagram to let her fans know she was moving on. DamnFine, a pizzeria up the street, took the keys to the shop from Carrelli on July 2, according to the the Chronicle.

SUNSET OUTSIDE – Just off 19th Avenue on Taraval Street, Eater SF noticed the lights went out at Yogurt Gogo. The tiny store’s Apple Maps entrance is listed as “permanently closed” and the phone number is disconnected, though it’s unclear exactly when the final yogurt was swirled.

OUTER SUNSET — Lanna Thai restaurant, just down the street from Yogurt Gogo, is also permanently closed. While various online outlets say the restaurant is open, Yelp’s banner photo for the restaurant is a photo of a retirement ad posted in August 2019. The sign says the restaurant had been in business for 31 year.

EMERYVILLE — Patatas Kitchen closed its doors on June 3 after nearly ten years in business. According to the Chroniclethe restaurant partners with the German International School in East Bay and will continue to offer school meals until the end of the calendar year.

BERKELEY — Despite community backlash and much hubbub, Berkeley tapas bar Caesar is closing on July 23. The outrage and discord began when Berkeleyside reported in January that longtime owner and neighbor Chez Panisse planned to end the bar’s sublease agreement this year.

HAYWARD – Buffalo Bill’s Brewery, an East Bay favorite founded by 84-year-old photographer Bill Owens, has closed after 40 years of operation. The the Chronicle reports that no particular reason was given for the closure. Owens photographed the infamous Rolling Stones Altamont concert in 1969 and billed himself as the pumpkin beer pioneer.