It was a year of notable new eats in the East Bay, but in SF, it's felt like just one high-profile closing after another, with once successful places like Jeanty at Jack's, Cortez, Plumpjack Caf, and Jack Falstaff all shuttering within months of each other. MenuPages has just compiled their list of openings and closings for 2009, and we see that while about 100 restaurants closed, over 200 new ones opened their doorsincluding at least, like, a dozen pizzerias. Of the places that opened, only a couple shuttered within the same year, like Azul and B's BBQ. So you see? No need to fret! For every Zinnia there was a Flour + Water and a Nopalito, and Acme Chophouse may have closed but it's becoming two new restaurants soon! Even this pawn shop/liquor store on Sixth Street transformed into the Passion Caf in the final days of December, as Tablehopper tells us.
So now that we all muddled through somehow and can look back at the cold facts, maybe it wasn't such a terrible year after all.
Below, some more stats...
Total Openings: 201
Total Closings: 101
Neighborhood with the most openings: Financial District (33)
'Hood with the second most openings: Civic Center/Tenderloin (24)
Neighborhood with the most closings: Financial District (13)
'Hood with the second most closings: SoMa (9)
Month with the most openings: April (21)
Month with the most closings: September (17)
[via San Francisco Menu Pages]