The Cole Valley Mexican restaurant closed effective immediately | Catch My Job


UPDATE October 17, 2:30pm Padrecito’s Cole Valley restaurant has closed effective immediately, according to owner Nate Valentine.

“We’re closed now,” Valentine told SFGATE via text. “We are out of everything after a busy weekend.”

October 17, 1:03pm After nearly a decade, Padrecito, a Mexican restaurant at 901 Cole St. in Cole Valley, will close permanently on Wednesday, October 19. The last night of service is scheduled for Tuesday, October 18, between 5 and 9 pm

In a post to a private Facebook group for the neighborhood, owner Nate Valentine explained why the restaurant was closing.

“It’s a story about the economics not working for Padrecito in this new restaurant climate,” read part of the Facebook post. “Rather than letting our quality and credibility for service and products slip, we want to be sure we finish how we started with pride for our food, drinks, service and our team and that’s n means closing now with those standards in place.”

Valentine was clear that it was not a matter for the landlord to raise the rent or cause additional economic hardship to the restaurant. He did not respond to requests from SFGATE to elaborate on what he meant by “new restaurant climate.”

The restaurant was known for a lively brunch scene, with dishes such as chilaquiles, huevos rancheros and pancakes de platano. The bar from the restaurant had an extensive selection of agave spirits: There was even a mezcal club called The Copita Club where customers would receive a plaque if they tasted 18 different mezcals over time. The bar also handed out custom forms for customers to write tasting notes to remember their favourites.

Cole Valley resident and Instagram product marketing manager Genie Alfonzo said it was sad to see the restaurant close. Her weekly ritual was to have huevos rancheros on Sunday mornings with her neighbor.

Alfonzo even had a cocktail named after her that all the bartenders knew. It was essentially the PiƱata, which included tequila reposado, serrano chile, rosemary and lime but with passion fruit juice instead of pineapple.

“I loved Padrecito because the quality of the food and drinks was outstanding,” he told SFGATE. “The staff really made it feel like a neighborhood bar.”


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