There’s so many new restaurants opening lately, but sadly, there’s been a mini spate of closures lately too. Here’s the rundown.
California Wok on West Shaw Avenue by the movie theater has closed. The booths and tables are gone and the granite counter tops were in a pile on the floor last time I was out there. I was hoping to have more news about it to share, but haven’t been able to reach the owner. Word that the restaurant was going to move to the corner of Shaw and West avenues was circulating, but the landlord for the space in question said the California Wok folks toured the place, but never made a proposal. I’ll keep you updated if there is more news.
Big D’s Tri-tip downtown closed after about a year in business. This was the place in the funky brick building with the little entrance that turned into a much bigger restaurant at 1950 E. Divisadero St., near the hospital. It got great reviews on Yelp, but it’s closed now.
Remember the closing of Tailspin Tommy’s at Chandler Airport that I told you about last month? At the time, the owners were finalizing a deal with an owner/operator to take it over. But that didn’t happen. Here’s why: Because the restaurant is on public property, anyone wanting to lease it has to go through a formal bidding process with the city. That will start in a month or two. The city is in the process of replacing some ketchup-stained carpet and tiles before it even gives tours of the place.
It’s interesting to note that the previous owner had free rent, says interim airport public information officer. That’s likely because several restaurants have come and gone in that space and it’s a little out of the way (despite being in a super cool, throwback to the 1930s and 40s building). That doesn’t mean a new renter will have free rent though. That all depends upon what’s in the proposals.