San Francisco’s Delfina restaurant closes dining room for renovation


The owners of San Francisco’s popular Delfina restaurant have temporarily ended sit-down service as they begin work on a huge project that will merge their business with their other restaurant, Pizzeria Delfina, next door.

On Monday, owners Craig and Annie Stoll made the announcement on Instagram, where they said Restaurant Delfina would temporarily end outdoor service from its park and operate for take out and delivery only until March 2022.

“While the parklet hibernates, there will be no rest for us as we are about to embark on a big remodel!” the message read in part. ” Here is the plan ; we combine @pizzeriadelfina and @delfinarestaurant into one space, adding a bar and updating our look.

The owners added that once the renovation is complete, the business will reopen as Delfina Restaurant, where they plan to serve pizza and cocktails. SFist reported that the liquor license for the Stolls’ former restaurant, Locanda, which closed amid the pandemic, has been transferred to the Delfina restaurant.

Craig and Annie Stoll opened the Delfina restaurant on 18th Street in the Mission neighborhood of San Francisco in 1998. The couple plan to merge Delfina and the Delfina pizza place next door into one.

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In March 2020, Annie Stoll told SFGATE that she and her husband had made the difficult decision to temporarily close the Delfina and Locanda restaurant at a time when meals inside were abruptly coming to a halt in emergency response to the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, the couple have maintained their Delfina pizzeria operations solely for take-out.

Meanwhile, the Stolls said they had around 300 employees at Delfina, Locanda and Pizzeria Delfina restaurants across the Bay Area, but had to lay off around 90% of their staff. Eventually, the Delfina restaurant reopened, but Locanda was unlucky and closed after almost 10 years.

SFGATE has reached out to owners for further details, but has not had a response at the time of posting.


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