Chantal Guillon Patisserie shuts down after 14 years, plus more Bay Area restaurant closures

As part of our ongoing reporting on the closures of local restaurants, here is a list of Bay Area establishments that closed in August 2022. Notable shutterings include Michelin-starred AL’s Place in the Mission District of San Francisco, long-running bakery Red A Bakery and Marin smoked meat hub Jerry’s Downtown BBQ. See July 2022’s list of closings here.

macaroon specialist Chantal Guillon Patisserie shut down its San Francisco bakery “due to financial hardship,” as announced on Instagram. Fans of Chantal Guillon’s classic French treats, however, can still find them in Palo Alto.

The Inner Richmond’s Red A Bakery, known for Chinese baked goods and Hawaiian eats, has closed after 31 years. The owners decided to retire, according to SFGATE. (SFGATE and The San Francisco Chronicle are both owned by Hearst but operate independently.)

A favorite in Marin County for smoked meats with live entertainment, Jerry’s Downtown BBQ in Novato closed at the end of the month, as the business announced on Facebook.

Michelin-starred AL’s Place, a pioneer in vegetable-centric fine dining, closed after seven years in San Francisco’s Mission District. Chef-owner Aaron London said he wanted to spend more time with his family.

The baby lettuces with herbed avocado and quince crumble at AL’s Place, served in 2015.

John Storey/Special to The Chronicle 2015

Bay Area cheese icon Cowgirl Creamery has closed its last-remaining store and restaurant, Cowgirl’s Barn Shop & Cantina in Point Reyes Station, after 25 years. The cheese company will continue distributing favorites like Mt. Tam and Wagon Wheel to grocery stores.

The Kitchen at Rocky’s Market, a small restaurant inside the waterfront grocery store in Oakland, has closed along with the store after two years, as reported by SFGATE. It struggled to attract shoppers during the pandemic.

mexican spot Best Coast Burritos in Oakland has closed. We Twitter, the owner blamed “challenges with labor, inflation, supply shortages, race based threats, vandalism” and other stressors. The restaurant’s Emeryville location is still open.

Low key Vietnamese restaurant The Pho closed its Uptown, Oakland location at 2228 Broadway, according to a sign posted outside. The Berkeley location remains open.

Anula Edirisinghe waits on customers in her final days operating her downtown Oakland restaurant, Anula's Cafe.

Anula Edirisinghe waits on customers in her final days operating her downtown Oakland restaurant, Anula’s Cafe.

Michael Cabanatuan/The Chronicle

Casual Sri Lankan Restaurant Anula’s Cafe has closed after 13 years of serving chicken curry and roti to downtown Oakland workers. The pandemic’s impact on office life took away much of the restaurant’s customer base. And the rent is rising.

In Emeryville, the original Rudy’s Can’t Fail Cafe closed after 20 years. The diner was known for its burgers, late-night eats and famous co-owner, Mike Dirnt of Green Day.

Janelle Bitker is the San Francisco Chronicle’s senior editor of Food & Wine. Email: janelle.bitker@sfchronicle.com

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