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Apr 27, 2010 06:58 PM

Aqua is sunk

Just read that Aqua was finally closed down. Does anyone know what's going on with the space? Michael Mina bought it, yes?

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  1. Just read a little more. Apparently Mina got the lease and The Whisk Group got the Aqua assets. They say they will revive Aqua at a new location in the Financial District. The spot that comes to mind is the old Two (née Hawthorne Lane) spot, maybe the old Myth or Scott Howard spots too.

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    1. re: Shane Greenwood

      The Two spot is taken. Corey Lee, formerly of TFL, is supposed to open Benu there this summer. The Myth spot is now Quince. Haven't heard anything about the Scott Howard/Zinnia spot, but the last few occupants haven't lasted very long there.

      1. re: nocharge

        I would assume that they'd want to keep the same glossy power-broker concept they had at Aqua, which means a more high-profile location.

        1. re: Ruth Lafler

          If I had a million, I'd offer a million to one odds that Aqua never re-opens. They have never been pleasant people from the start and with all the reports of in-fighting, I have to think Aqua is indeed sunk, and like Atlantis will never rise.

          Here's the Chronical article

          Someone posted that link a few days ago in regards to the closing of Bacar.

          A number of restaurants closing or about to close

          Izzy's Corte Madera

          About to close or not looking good
          Joe DiMaggio's Italian Chophouse
          Joey & Eddie's,

          1. re: Ruth Lafler

            I wonder if the old MacArthur Park spot would work for something like that in terms of location. Kokkari next door is doing quite well with the power-broker crowd. The other big question is if the Whisk Group that bought Aqua will be able to pull it off. Apparently, their only other restaurant is a brew pub in DC, but they certainly seem to be highly ambitious.

            1. re: nocharge

              The MacArthur Park space would be a very good fit for them. I have heard the rent was very high there but still can't understand why such a prime spot has been empty so long - are there other issues such as retro work or others that keep people away? MP certainly made some serious bank there for a long time - I always liked the food better there than the one in Palo Alto and I know I spent to much time and money at that bar...

          2. re: nocharge

            What is happening with the old Rubicon space? Or, the Jack's (Jeanty @) building?

            1. re: Paul H

              Tyler Florence is taking over the Rubicon space to open what he calls an American Balthazar, which I don't understand given that Balthazar is in NYC.


              Tyler Florence Shop
              59 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley, CA

              1. re: Frosty Melon

                Balthazar serves French food, so maybe he means the feel of Balthazar, but serving American cuisine. In your link it says he wants it "Modeled after the San Franciscan Bohemain culture of the late 1890's. ... Researching antique menus from the period"

                Um, maybe he should walk a few blocks and eat at Tadich ... or the Palace. I'll bet there's even a few REAL Fly Trap menus on the web somewhere.

                Oh, he probably means Cal-Bohemian.

        2. Went by there today and there is a note on the door saying they are temporarily closed and will reopen. That jives with the sfgate article that the new owners are looking to relocate.

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          1. re: Shane Greenwood

            Could that be the upscale version of the restaurants with "remodeling" signs on their doors?