Bay Area/ San Francisco/ Food & Drinks
Published on March 22, 2023
Maybeck's abruptly closes in the Marina less than a year into its new incarnationPhoto: Marc Fiorito, Gamma Nine Photography

It hasn't even been a year since Maybeck's (3213 Scott Street at Lombard) reopened under the joint management of chef-owner Aaron Toensing and husband-and-wife restaurateurs Lori Baker and Jeffrey Banker, and it's already gone dark. The Marina District restaurant got a handsome facelift and a revamped menu, complete with a delicious burger, savory monkey bread, a beef Wellington that had been a star of an earlier incarnation of the restaurant, and some standout desserts by Baker — who previously did some pastry wonders at Baker & Banker and Bluestem Brasserie.

In a note on the restaurant's website, they announce that Maybeck's is closed. Eater was the first to spot the news.

"It is with great sadness that we announce the closing of Maybeck's as of Monday, March 20," the three owners write. "Unfortunately, we found keeping Maybeck’s open in the current economy was no longer sustainable. We hope to see a new form of the restaurant at some point in the future.”

Maybeck's first opened in 2015, and it was spotlighted by local celeb chef Ryan Scott on Check, Please! in 2017. Chronicle critic Michael Bauer subsequently raved about the Wellington, which was a Wednesday night special from former chef de cuisine Blake Askew, and it returned on the new menu last year as a Wednesday special. Toensing announced last year that he was bringing on longtime friends Baker and Banker as partners, and the team set about reimagining the restaurant as a kind of upscale brasserie. Hoodline was there on a Saturday night last month and the place seemed bustling with all tables filled, but perhaps that wasn't the case on other nights of the week.

The closure of Maybeck's comes amid a rocky year for the local restaurant scene, which has seen a number of closures in the wake of the pandemic, and some swift closures of restaurants that didn't make it through their first year. That was the case with the recent closure of Ancora, an upscale seafood restaurant that opened last summer in the former Locanda space on Valencia and just closed last month.

Eater also reported this week on the closure of Occitania in Oakland, chef Paul Canales's French restaurant that only opened in June 2022.