I just didn’t have the heart to publish this last week, right on the heels of the news about the closure of Four Star Video, but last week several readers wrote to say that Locavore, the classy restaurant on Mission at Valencia, had also closed its doors.
Inside Scoop had the news a few weeks back:
Locavore owner Mario Duarte sends word that he will close his Mission Street restaurant on October 1. He says he wants to spend more time with his family.
Locavore opened almost exactly two years ago, in November 2010, on the stretch of Mission Street south of Cesar Chavez but north of Cortland, near Blue Plate and El Rio, among others. Locavore and its chef-partner Jonathan Merritt notched an encouraging 2.5 stars from Michael Bauer and later went on to earn notoriety for its signature burger, which Bauer dubbed “so darn good … a top-shelf hamburger.”
Still, Neighbor Robert was sad to discover that Locavore was gone when he walked by yesterday:
I loved it. We went regularly practically from the week they opened. We started going when they used paper napkins and had no art on the walls. I’m not even sure they had their liquor license. But over time it grew into a real live restaurant. The food started out great and never flagged.
PHOTO: Neighbor Lee