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Canteen no more?

pane Dec 19, 2006 08:05 PM

My little brother, who goes to culinary school on the east coast and yet knows everything about the SF dining scene, just e-mailed me to say that Canteen is closing and Dennis Leary is moving to a larger restaurant. Is this just a vicious rumor or can someone confirm this?

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    rtmonty Dec 19, 2006 08:11 PM

    It's probably true as the hotel that Canteen is in was sold.

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      Nathan Landau Dec 20, 2006 05:18 PM

      As of a couple of weeks ago, Canteen was operating--the building is now a dorm for the Academy of Art. I don't know if that was a long term or a transitional plan.

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        Adam Cadre Dec 20, 2006 10:45 PM

        I went there this morning, having read rave reviews here. It was closed. A sign in the window said to enter through the hotel, but when I tried that the door was locked and a guy in the lobby yelled at me. "No! No food anymore! Is closed! Everything closed! No hotel anymore! Dorm now!"

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        1. re: Adam Cadre
          kayu Jan 30, 2007 10:14 AM

          From The Tablehopper:

          Just to put a rumor to rest that keeps popping into my inbox: Dennis Leary is not leaving or closing ~CANTEEN~ anytime soon. The only change is Canteen has closed for breakfast during the week, and Leary is taking a couple days off this first week of January. But as the man himself said, “That's about the only time my restaurant will be dark for the next three years” (which is how long the option is on his lease).


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          exbarkeep Dec 20, 2006 10:57 PM

          Very sad to hear. On my last couple trips to SF, we stayed at the Commodore and had breakfast at Canteen. I was looking forward to doing it again next month. Time to find another reasonably priced, conveniently located hotel with great food nearby...

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          1. re: exbarkeep
            contessa Dec 21, 2006 12:47 AM

            they are still open--they are only closed for breakfast since the academy of art switcheroo... I just called. so lunch, dinner, you can still get your dennis groove on.

            1. re: exbarkeep
              rworange Dec 21, 2006 03:57 AM

              I've heard good things about Cafe Andre at the Rex Hotel across the street as far as breakfast.

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              Cheesy Oysters Dec 21, 2006 04:50 PM

              The only good thing is that since I wasn't able to get to Canteen, I won't have anything to compare to his new restaurant. I never liked Boulevard as much as L'Avenue (sp??), her old place a zillion years ago.

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              1. re: Cheesy Oysters
                Robert Lauriston Dec 21, 2006 05:37 PM

                Canteen's still open, so you don't have to miss it.

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                LisaLisaSF Jan 30, 2007 11:18 AM

                Went to Canteen for dinner last Saturday night (the food was just divine by the way). Questioned the waitress about the closing and she said "absolutely not, and we're tired of hearing that rumor." Ok. Guess that means we can all still enjoy it for the time being ;-)

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                1. re: LisaLisaSF
                  chaddict Jan 30, 2007 11:40 AM

                  Thank you, Lisa!!! Whew!

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