After almost fifty years in business on Lombard Street, La Barca will be shuttering for good in a few months, and a group of new owners (including the son of longtime owner Jimmy Bernard) will be transforming it into something new, and non-Mexican. Opened in 1963, the place has become a bit of a Marina landmark, but as a number of CHOWhounders attest on a "What to Avoid" posting, the food has been kinda dismal in recent years (decades?), and it's mostly drawn a margarita-drinking crowd.
Now, as the Chron reports, the 120-seat restaurant will get an overdue overhaul, with a closing date as yet TBA. So you've got a couple months left to try a "Francisco delight," which we gather is an enchilada plate topped with ground beef and "about a quart of melted cheese."
The new owners are Tod Alsman and Chris Fogarty, of R Bar and Wreck Room, Cass Fegan (Sloane), and Vance Bernard.
La Barca - 2036 Lombard between Webster and Fillmore
After 50 years, La Barca in S.F. bidding fond adios [Chron]
What to Avoid - La Barca [CHOWhound]