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Closures hit locally owned restaurants, clubs

It’s been a rough few weeks for local restaurants, bars and nightclubs. You’ve read about some of these closures here at the Beehive, but here’s the final tally:

They all closed for their own reasons, and you can read more about them in this weekend’s story that takes a look at the problem. The one thing they all have in common is that they’re still struggling with the lackluster economy.

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Starline Grill may be latest local casualty

Starline Grill appears to be the latest business added to the list of recent closures.

Two employees confirmed today that the Tower District restaurant and bar is closed (not to be confused with Starline the club next door, which is still open).

It’s not clear why yet and the owner hasn’t returned our calls, but we’ll update you if he does.

Starline Grill first opened in 2006 as Lipari’s Italian Grill and quickly morphed into a late-night hangout spot, with the outdoor patio and bar a refuge for smokers.

It joins other recent closures, including Roe, Express and Iron Bird Cafe.

Saturday: Giants/Dodgers tweetup

You know we here at The Beehive love a good tweetup. Here’s one we never thought of: A Giants/Dodgers tweetup, happening Saturday at Starline Grill.

You can always count on the Giants and Dodgers fans to bicker and clog up your Twitter feed when the two teams renew their rivalry, so getting their loyal fans all in once place to play nice is a win for everyone.

Follow the action (or perhaps start the trash talk) with the #SFLA559 hashtag.

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Credit to Ryan C. Jones — photographer, musician, future New Yorker — for organizing.