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SF's "Arinell Pizza" on Valencia Just Closed After 33 YearsSF’s “Arinell Pizza” on Valencia Just Closed After 33 Years
By - posted 9/14/2022
Goodbye, San Francisco, What's Closed / What's Open

Thanks to Mission Local for letting us know that after a back-and-forth battle to stay opening, Arinell Pizza, located at 509 Valencia Street in San Francisco, has finally shut down after 33 years. The final day was this past Saturday, September 10th denoted with a sign on the window that said “Closing. more...

SF's "Wu Tang Flan" Gets Brick-and-Mortar Spot in 2023SF’s “Wu Tang Flan” Gets Brick-and-Mortar Spot in 2023
By - posted 8/15/2022
Bay Area Favorites, Eat & Drink, Only in San Francisco, San Francisco, Takeout / Delivery, What's Closed / What's Open

Thanks to EaterSF and SF Gate for letting us know that after years of doing pop-ups throughout San Francisco, “Chicano Nuevo,” a Baja-inspired restaurant will finally open up a brick-and-mortar location in Bernal Heights in 2023. Chef and owner Abraham Nuñez, brought his family recipes from Chula Vista to Excelsior trying more...

151-Year-Old San Francisco Art Institute Shuts Down151-Year-Old San Francisco Art Institute Shuts Down
By - posted 7/18/2022
Goodbye, San Francisco, What's Closed / What's Open

The San Francisco Art Institute last Friday announced it is ceasing its degree programs after merger talks between the school and the University of San Francisco did not lead to an acquisition. The school on Chestnut Street on Russian Hill was founded in 1871 and is among the nation’s oldest art more...

“Bastille Day” French Block Party Back in SF for First Time in 8 Years“Bastille Day” French Block Party Back in SF for First Time in 8 Years
By - posted 7/14/2022
Fairs & Festivals, Festival Updates, Only in San Francisco, San Francisco, What's Closed / What's Open

“Bastille on Belden” Returns for First Time in 8 Years After a long break, San Francisco seems to be trying to claim back the title of “The Paris of the West.” Back in the 90s and 00s, French restaurant Cafe Bastille hosted a rollicking Bastille Day celebration crammed into downtown’s narrow more...

San Francisco Bay Area 4th of July & Fireworks Guide 2022San Francisco Bay Area 4th of July & Fireworks Guide 2022
By - posted 6/30/2022
4th of July, Reopening, What's Closed / What's Open

Typically we’ll list over 100 different Fourth of July events (including 50+ different fireworks shows within a few hours drive) with listings for the major fireworks shows plus tons of smaller hometown festivals, fairs and fireworks shows throughout the Bay Area and a few fun road trips. 2022 Update – Big more...

The Exploratorium Hosts First "Free" Day in 3 YearsThe Exploratorium Hosts First “Free” Day in 3 Years
By - posted 5/8/2022
Museums / Cultural Institutions, San Francisco, What's Closed / What's Open

The Exploratorium used to have several “pay what you wish” days each year, but they started to become rare even before the pandemic. This Sunday, the “Community Day” tradition returns for the first time since May 2019 in honor of Mother’s Day/Día de las Madres. Lots of free bilingual activities more...

Hearst Castle to Finally Reopen for First Time in 2 YearsHearst Castle to Finally Reopen for First Time in 2 Years
By - posted 4/4/2022
Reopening, Travel, What's Closed / What's Open

California State Parks today announced plans to reopen Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument (Hearst Castle). The world-renowned house museum will reopen to the public on May 11, after being closed for two years following the COVID-19 pandemic and severe rainstorms that damaged the access road to the castle in more...

SF's 115-Year-Old Mochi Spot "Benkyodo" Closes ForeverSF’s 115-Year-Old Mochi Spot “Benkyodo” Closes Forever
By - posted 3/31/2022
Goodbye, Only in San Francisco, San Francisco, What's Closed / What's Open

The final day has come for Japantown’s oldest business, Benkyodo Company. The shop, which opened in 1906, makes traditional hand-made Japanese rice cakes, manju and mochi, are closing up after 115 years and going into retirement. From Benkyodo’s website – “After 115 years of business, Benkyodo will be closing our doors on more...

SF's Pride Parade & Festival Back for 2022 (June 25-26)SF’s Pride Parade & Festival Back for 2022 (June 25-26)
By - posted 2/17/2022
Fairs & Festivals, Festival Updates, LGBTQ+, Only in San Francisco, San Francisco, What's Closed / What's Open

Thanks to Reggie Aqui from ABC7 for letting us know that San Francisco’s Pride is planning a return for 2022 for both the big Civic Center festival as well as the parade. SF Pride is back. Let’s get sickening (in the good way). https://t.co/5SrLD6deqY — Reggie Aqui He/Him (@reggieaqui) February 16, 2022 After two more...

SF's Magnolia Brewing Closing Dogpatch LocationSF’s Magnolia Brewing Closing Dogpatch Location
By - posted 2/15/2022
Bars, Bay Area Favorites, Goodbye, San Francisco, What's Closed / What's Open

Thanks to Eater SF for sharing the sad news that Magnolia Brewing is closing its Dogpatch location, located at 2505 3rd St, San Francisco. The Brewery took to Instagram to announce its departure. They cite COVID as a factor in their decision to close, plus Eater notes that they had been more...

BART Reopens Powell Street Station Restrooms for the First Time in 20 YearsBART Reopens Powell Street Station Restrooms for the First Time in 20 Years
By - posted 2/1/2022
Reopening, San Francisco, Transportation, What's Closed / What's Open

On Wednesday, February 2, 2022, at 11am, BART will hold a “ribbon-cutting” event with rolls of toilet paper to mark the reopening of the Powell Street Station restrooms that have been closed for more than 20 years. Restrooms at 10 of BART’s underground stations have been closed since 9/11 because of more...

SF's Castro Theatre Getting Major Makeover for 100th BirthdaySF’s Castro Theatre Getting Major Makeover for 100th Birthday
By - posted 1/19/2022
Bay Area Favorites, Only in San Francisco, San Francisco, What's Closed / What's Open

Thanks to the SF Chronicle for letting us know that San Francisco’s historic Castro Theatre, originally built in 1922, is about to get a major makeover for its 100th birthday. The 100-year-old movie theater (429 Castro St.) will be shutting down temporarily later this year and then will reopen as a more...

SF's 115-Year-Old Mochi Spot Set to Close ForeverSF’s 115-Year-Old Mochi Spot Set to Close Forever
By - posted 1/3/2022
Bay Area Favorites, Eat & Drink, Goodbye, San Francisco, What's Closed / What's Open

Thanks to KPIX and Hoodline for letting us know the sad news that days are numbered for a beloved bakery that’s widely known and Japantown’s oldest business, Benkyodo Company. The shop, which opened in 1906, makes traditional hand-made Japanese rice cakes, manju and mochi, announced that they are hoping someone will more...

SF to Require Boosters at 1,000+ Indoor "Mega Events" in 2022SF to Require Boosters at 1,000+ Indoor “Mega Events” in 2022
By - posted 12/29/2021
COVID-19 Updates, Only in San Francisco, San Francisco, Vaccines, What's Closed / What's Open

San Francisco temporarily tightens universal indoor masking requirement & augments vaccination requirements amid Omicron surge Indoor mega-events will require up-to-date vaccinations, including boosters, starting February 1, 2022. December 29, 2021. Mayor London Breed N. Breed and SF Health Director Dr. Grant Colfax announced today updates to the Safer Return Together Health Order in response to the sharp increase more...

San Francisco New Year's Eve Fireworks Show Canceled (2021/22)San Francisco New Year’s Eve Fireworks Show Canceled (2021/22)
By - posted 12/28/2021
Festival Updates, New Year's Eve, Only in San Francisco, San Francisco, What's Closed / What's Open

San Francisco’s New Year’s Eve Fireworks Show Canceled Due to Concerns Over Public Health and Safety Priority for continuity of key public safety operations prompts proactive measures as surging COVID-19 cases caused by the Omicron variant impact staffing levels SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Mayor London N. Breed and City public safety leaders more...