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Gold Spike closing - others may follow

george | Feb 12, 200608:27 PM

This is not about food, but as several restaurants may cease to exist, I am hoping that the Chowhound Team police will allow this message.

According to the North Beach Journal, the 86 year-old Gold Spike restaurant will close at the end of this month. The landlord of the building wants to do a seismic retrofit, and has said that the restaurant can return after the work, but the restaurant would have to finance their ‘portion’ of the retrofit, which the restaurant owner estimates to be around $500,000.

This same building also houses Maras, US Restaurant, O’Reilly’s Irish Pub and other restaurants, including L’Osteria del Fiorno (I think). The article did not indicate if these restaurants would be affected, but it is hard to imagine that one just one tenant would be affected in a retrofit and not the others.

I think that this is the same building that housed Ben and Jerry’s, one of the few chains allowed into North Beach. They had a successful operation, but chose to leave when the landlord raised the rent from $3000/month to $9000. The space is currently vacant.

Mara’s has the best chocolate gelato in the area, maybe in the country (this has been my secret for years - now you all know). O’Reilly’s is always fun and a good place for cheap eats, especially if you need a corned beef fix. US Restaurant is old school and my elderly neighbors like the 1/2 and 1/2. Gold Spike is a neighborhood treasure, full of character and L’Osteria is a Chowhound favorite. Keep your fingers crossed that these other restaurants will not be affected.

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