The Local Mission Eatery, one of three establishments owned by Yaron Milgrom, will close on Dec. 19, Milgrom announced in a press release Friday. Instead, Milgrom said, he and his partner will focus on their other two projects – Local Mission Market and Local Cellar.
The six-year-old Local Mission Eatery was Milgrom’s first project in the city and his second restaurant to close. He announced the closure of his other restaurant, Local’s Corner, in November of last year.
In Friday’s announcement, Milgrom said that lost income from Knead Patisserie, which shared the same space at 3111 24th St. until October, a drop in business, and competition from others meant they could no longer continue.
“[Our] bleating is lost in the din of restaurant openings and food delivery apps, of mail-order meal subscriptions and offices filled with free food. [Neither] San Francisco’s ‘stomach share’ (to use Michael Pollan’s phrase) nor its labor force has kept pace with new restaurants and the march of the aspiring unicorns of food-startups. And so, we cannot go on,” the announcement explained.
Milgrom declined to talk further about the closing.
“With a great lease, a beautiful and well-equipped space, with licenses and furniture, we are looking for a great buyer to take over our beloved space,” it continued.
The well-reviewed restaurant began as a sandwich shop that converted to a restaurant with communal dinners in the evenings and offered additional perks including cooking classes, a lending cookbook, and a reference library.
Early on in its nearly six years of business, Local Mission Eatery restructured into a more traditional restaurant.
The Eatery is also the second restaurant in the neighborhood to announce closure this month in part due to a shrinking labor force. Roosevelt Tamale Parlor also listed difficulty in finding labor as a reason for its closing.
In its remaining days, we hope Local Mission Eatery will be filled with the crush and thrill of a busy service, the quiet murmurs of delight as diners savor a bite of deliciousness, the trust as regulars set into their favored seat, the choreography of committed and happy employees engaged in meaningful labor. And on December 19, Jake and I will sit in the quiet of an empty restaurant, with a glass of wine, filled to overflowing with melancholy and old dreams and new visions and, I hope, the satisfaction of having done something real and important.
The real is often ephemeral. And so it is with Local Mission Eatery.