San Francisco’s legendary Tadich Grill had hoped to reopen Nov. 9 after a long shutdown during this coronavirus year.

But the city’s plans to allow restaurants to serve at 50 percent indoor capacity have been put on hold by Mayor London Breed because of an uptick in COVID-19 hospitalizations.

So Tadich’s plans have also been put on hold, and customers craving sand dabs and petrale sole will have to wait a little longer.

The circa 1849 restaurant — San Francisco’s “Original Cold Day Restaurant” and the oldest restaurant not only in the city but also west of the Mississippi — announced the delay in a website note Tuesday to customers:

“Thank you to all of you who have made reservations for our previously announced reopening date. We were so excited to say hello and serve you! However, once again we are forced to push out our opening date due to local restrictions on indoor capacity which remains at 25%. Until 50% capacity is permitted, our doors will remain closed,” the Buich family wrote.

“Hang tight and thank you, as always, for your loyalty.”

After offering takeout and delivery during the first months of the pandemic, the owners decided to temporarily close the restaurant July 31 and wait for indoor dining to resume at more than just 25 percent of capacity.

Details: 240 California St., San Francisco;


By Kelley Wheeler

Kelley Wheeler is a Metro reporter covering political issues and general assignments. A second-generation journalist, worked with all major news outlet, she holds a vast expeirience. Kelley is a graduate of USC with degrees in journalism and English literature. She is a recipient of Yale’s Poynter Fellowship in Journalism.

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