After just under 30 years in business, Cow Hollow's Baker Street Bistro — which has been closed since the beginning of shelter-in-place — has announced it will not reopen.
"We are absolutely heartbroken," said Danel de Betelu, who owns the restaurant with his husband, David, in a statement. "We tried holding on as long as we could, but it is time to face reality and the financial difficulties brought on by COVID-19."
The couple will continue to run their newer venture, Maison Danel, which debuted in February in an expansive, elaborately decorated space on Polk Street. The French patisserie and tea room reopened in July for delivery and takeout service.
Some favorite menu items from Baker Street Bistro will still be available at Maison Danel, like beef bourguignon, cassoulet and a croque-monsieur.
Opened in 1991, Baker Street Bistro was known for its casual neighborhood atmosphere and menu of classic French fare, including an affordable prix-fixe. Its sidewalk patio was a particularly popular spot for brunch.
"We will miss most our faithful guests, many of whom have become dear friends over the years," said Danel de Betelu in his statement. "We will ensure that the spirit of French hospitality and joie-de-vivre lives on at Maison Danel."
Maison Danel is open Sunday, Monday, and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.