Quantcast

Polk Gulch's Cafe Zitouna quietly closes its doors

1201 Sutter St. | Photo: Albertino M./Hoodline Tipline
By Nathan Falstreau - Published on June 21, 2018.

Veteran Hoodline tipster Al M. reports that Cafe Zitouna (1201 Sutter St. between Polk Street and Van Ness Avenue) has permanently shuttered. 

"It looks like its lights out for Cafe Zitouna," said our informant. "It came unexpectedly quick, but I was speculating that it might happen."

It's not exactly clear why the eatery, known for its Moroccan and Tunisian cuisine, closed its doors. There's no mention of its closure on its websiteFacebook or Yelp pages, and Hoodline's follow-up phone call to the business revealed that the number has been changed with no forwarding information. 

It also appears that work has commenced on its interior, as well, "with ladders and buckets" Al said. There's no word if a new eatery is poised to take over as the fate of the building is still undetermined. The most recent public records from December 7, 2017 indicate that the building is slated for demolition, though it is still in its "triage" phase. 

As we reported in 2015, Doleman Property Group was looking at the entire block — between Hemlock, Polk, and Sutter streets — with plans to reinvent the space. 

1100 block of Polk Street. | Photo: Google

Those plans were officially filed late last year, and include a six-story building with 54 residential units and four ground-floor/basement retail spaces, which take up 7,515 square feet. 

Additionally, plans to demolish a building on the other side of the block at 1145 Polk St., which includes Hemlock Tavern (1131 Polk St.), in order to construct a new 54-unit, mixed use building in its place has been in the works since 2015. While the pub may be forced to depart, it may be able to return in some form once development has been completed, the Examiner has reported

It's not clear what will happen to other tenants on the Sutter Street side; the Natural Mattress Store and Rusted Mule also call the block home, as does Masjid Al-Tawheed, a mosque run by the Yemeni Association of San Francisco. But once we find out, we'll let you know. 

Thanks as always to the amazing Al M. for the tip!

If you've seen something new in the neighborhood, text tips and photos to 415-200-3233, or email [email protected] If we use your info in a story, we'll give you credit.

About 8 hours ago
San Francisco Castro Duboce Triangle

Castro cannabis retailer Flore Store announces 4/20 opening & mural competition

The Castro's newest cannabis retailer Flore Store (258 Noe St.) has announced its grand opening on 4/20 — across the street from Flore a.k.a. Cafe Flore. Read More

About 14 hours ago
San Francisco Outer Sunset

DamnFine debuts in the Outer Sunset with wood-fired pizzas, Italian wines

The pandemic has cemented our love affair with comfort foods — chief among them pizza and to-go cocktails. DamnFine (3410 Judah Street), one of the newest restaurants to grace the Outer Sunset, is intent on being a one-stop destination for all that and more. Read More

Jan 26, 2021
San Francisco

Girls Scout Cookie season is here, but don’t expect in-person sales

The Girls Scouts of Northern California will not do-si-do with their normal cookie sale booths during the pandemic, but tag along as we show you how to buy Girls Scout Cookies online in the Bay Area. Read More

Jan 25, 2021
San Francisco Castro

Castro Theatre's massive new hybrid organ may get installed in time for cinemas to reopen

The new hybrid digital/pipe organ that has been in the works for the grand Castro Theatre for about six years is finally about to become a reality, and depending on how long it takes to ship from Pennsylvania and how long it takes for movie theaters to safely reopen in San Francisco, it may arrive just time for the Castro's next public screenings. Read More