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Feb 7, 2013 11:09 AM

HEARTBROKEN, Fog City to close

UGH. I LOVE this place. and I have been frustrated by what Real Restaurants did. They let this place go.
They hired a chef who, instead of focusing on American inspired dishes, he added Asian inspiration and mexican insiration to an AMERICAN Diner Menu.

There was a time when the employees were experienced. They had years of experience at some of SF's best restaurants. Then when the management changed, the manager started promoting Hosts with zero serving experience to serve!

Obviously I am very passionate about this change. This has been one of my all time favorite places in SF. I even had a prom dinner there. and over the last 6-8 years I have watched it be neglected and run like it was the red headed step child of Real restaurants.

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  1. 37 years is a long run!

    Little City Antipasti Bar, which opened in 1981, was the first place in SF to do small plates.

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      I know. just have strong emotions tied to this place.

      and about 6 months ago I even thought about writing them and begging to take it over somehow.

      I feel like this place is totally salveable.

      its just been neglected and run so poorly.

      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        I think it was 27 years. Anyone remember when this was Mildred's? They had great turkey sandwiches.

        1. re: Bay Gelldawg

          > Anyone remember when this was Mildred's? They had great turkey sandwiches.<

          Was the name Mildred's? I remember it because a friend had his business across the street in the late 60s-early 70s. The owner and cook was a man whose name I can't remember, but would remember if I heard it. He always roasted a turkey, hence the great fresh-carved turkey sandwiches. The rest of the food was forgettable.

          1. re: Bay Gelldawg

            I never ate at Mildred's but I went inside once; there was a mound of dirt on the floor and tombstone. In memory of Joan Crawford in "Mildred Pierce." I finally saw the original and HBO did a really excellent one starring Kate Winslet.

            Fog City used to be so great and always busy. I did not go often because prices were high and portions small.

            1. re: walker

              What time frame was that for you at Mildred's? It was a different time from when I was there (no dirt and tombstone and I think the name was not "Mildred's").

              1. re: Malcolm Ruthven

                Don't remember the year; it was called Mildred's and, I believe, the next name was Fog City Diner.

                1. re: walker

                  From an article called The Building of Levi Plaza & 101 Lombard
                  In 1975, there was only one restaurant in the area, a funky cavernous place called
                  Mildred Pierce's where Fog City now sits.

                  1. re: wolfe

                    <In 1975, there was only one restaurant in the area, a funky cavernous place called Mildred Pierce's where Fog City now sits.<

                    My memory of it is from before that time when it was a mediocre hofbrau-type place under another name but always with very good fresh roasted turkey.

        2. So I went on Saturday for a late lunch to say good bye.

          Food was ok, we ordered some staples. Like the leek loaf, for fear it will not be on the new menu.
          The service was AWFUL. I really hope they fire their FOH staff. INCLUDING the manager.
          I mean we waited for 30 min to get our check. just sitting there, waters empty...napkins on the table. If someone had bothered to look our way, maybe they would have noticed.

          Common hospitality was just gone. Like yield to the guest.


          1. Inside Scoop reports they closed early. I suppose it's a sign of the problems with the place that it didn't occur to management that if you announce that a place is going to close in five weeks, you're going to start losing staff as soon as they can find new jobs.


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            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              I find it interesting that they will not be open for the Americas Cup

              I really feel like they have no idea what they are doing. How can you not ENSURE to be open for America's Cup when the Sting Concert alone is across the street!

            2. Very sad to hear this. It was a fave for many years, and their oyster selection was always terrific.

              1. The place was iconic, sad that a chef torched the cuisine and menu.

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                1. re: cstr

                  I don't think any one chef can take the blame for the place's decline. They've had at least six since Cindy Pawlcyn sold out to her partners in 2000.