Local’s Corner will close at the end of November

When I heard the news I figured the vandalism and protests had finally taken their toll, but the official narrative seems to be that the business never really took off in the first place (despite great reviews in the Chronicle). Here’s the announcement:

On November 29, Local’s Corner will serve its last dinner.

When we opened in April of 2012, we never thought we would be writing this sentence just two-and-a-half years later. On opening, the food was beautiful and unique, impeccably sourced, and the fullest representation of local seafood in the city. The space felt charming and warm. We felt sure of our vision and its execution.

When we received our San Francisco Chronicle glowing, three-star review, we felt certain we’d be around for awhile. Yet diners did not come. Then came more accolades—San Francisco Chronicles Top 10 New Restaurants and Top 100 Restaurants two years in a row, Rising Star Chef, and others. All held the promise of success. Yet it never translated into a busy restaurant.

Before ACCE and vandalism, we were not in good shape. Certainly, neither helped. Though its impact was less financial than emotional. More than the sting, it was the cumulative wear.

We considered a pivot and shift, to reopen with a different restaurant. Though recently, as we weighed next steps, we bore significant departures of kitchen management, including Timmy, Chef de Cuisine of Local’s Corner, who will be headed to Seattle.

The operational challenge of hiring, emotional loss of losing key staff, and cumulative financial losses made an easy conclusion of a hard decision.

Thankfully, with Local Mission Eatery, Local Mission Market, and Local Cellar in their best shape, most of the Local’s Corner staff will stay within the Local family.

We are heartened to continue our relationships with the fish purveyors, farmers, winemakers, and brewers at our other businesses. Our unique partnership with Kenny of Two X Sea and Joe of Water 2 Table will find a deeper way into the Eatery and Market.

We hope to find a passionate operator to inherit the space and share delicious food with the neighborhood (and Yaron, who lives across the street). The space will be available for private events and pop-ups.

Over these next three weeks, please join us at Local’s Corner. We hope all who loved their meals will return for their last taste and all of those who have waited will get their first taste.

Sooo, what should replace it?

[via Inside Scoop]

[Photo by Jess Kelso]

27 Responses to “Local’s Corner will close at the end of November”

  1. JohnnyL says:

    And victory to you guys and Campos for continuing the fan the hate-flames around here! Yay

    • troll says:

      Says one of the biggest haters ’round these parts! Too funny

      • JohnnyL says:

        I’m so excited, I just can’t hide it,
        I’m about to lose control and I think I like it.
        I’m so excited, I just can’t hide it,
        I know, I know, I know, I want to.
        (I know, I know, I know, I want to.
        I know, I know, I know, I want to.
        I know, I know, I know, I want to.)

  2. diggable says:

    good. dont let the doorknob hit you where the dog should have taken a bite.

  3. porky says:

    taqueria de locales

    • hoboking says:

      Where ‘authentic’ ‘San Francisco Burritos’ will be served for $14.00 – $26.00 featuring locally sourced legumes, stone fruits, meadow greens and farm to table meats – as well as hearty vegan and gluten free options.

      The Mission is dead, stop talking about putting make-up up the corpse so you can Weekend at Bernies it.

  4. scum says:

    Now this song is stuck in my head…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gtoDxXV4Zs

  5. Leary says:

    It will be replaced by a cocktail lounge with plenty of reclaimed wood, serving up Manhattans flavored with artisan bitters and the delicious tears of Elbo Room regulars.

  6. Sven says:

    This place was not warm – I tried to go twice and both times it was an empty restaurant yet booked with reservations. Not a friendly place for me as a neighbor. I can’t say s they’re racist based on my experience (since I’m white), but it wasn’t the type of local vibe I would appreciate, and hearing about fellow Latino neighbors being turned away far more harshly – this is good news. Can’t say I’m sad about this closure – hope it’s someplace truly warm/open to all (including walk-ins!) and good quality/prices!

    • Grizzled Mission says:

      You already won, “Sven” (and “Kate”), they’re closing. You can stop now. Weird how general unhappiness about neighborhood conditions was so specifically directed.

  7. Speeeez says:

    I’d honestly rather it turn back into the dingy linoleum-clad liquor store that it used to be.

  8. Kate says:

    I went here recently as a treat to myself for a mild personal success. I love seafood and secretly always wanted to try this place despite the shit talking. I sat at the bar alone with one couple in the restaurant around seven thirty. Not only did the chefs barely talk to me the whole time they stood around two feet from where I sat, but I left hungry. There was a terrible unfriendliness that I felt the whole time when I attempted to start conversation regarding the ingredients and plate paring. I don’t mind spending money on good food, but the atmosphere and the attitude where certainly lacking. That place was not a good fit and were not very open to being a locals spot based on staff vibes, dish sizes, and cost. I spent 80 bucks and ended up at Vallarta after so I could feel satisfied.

  9. GetBackOnYourColumbusBus says:

    Adios! 😆👍👏Good Riddance!

  10. Pacific Standard Simon says:

    Liquor store/smoke shop/phone store. Give the neighborhood what it wants.

  11. Kate2 says:

    Granted, this was about two years ago, but I as well received aloof, slow service here. The food was good, but not enough to warrant the price and weird staff. Unless you pick up a no tipping standard, might want to drop snobby staff members too.

  12. JohnnyL says:

    I have to admit people bitching about “slow service” is quite hilarious given that some people here have probably waited a full fucking HOUR for a bagel.

    Whatever floats your boat…

  13. DomPara says:

    Robot Butler Store.

  14. Eric says:

    What goes in there next? Two words: Tamale Lady.

  15. wurple says:

    Hopefully their other overpriced garbage stores will be extinct soon as well.


  16. Ben Nash says:

    There’s a big world outside of the Mission and SF.

  17. Jeff says:

    I only had great experiences here for brunch and dinner. Sorry to see you close. You were a very welcome addition to the neighborhood.