It was once a cafe that appealed to each foodies and lovers of historical preservation.
Vault 164, a circa 1925 financial institution that were remodeled right into a downtown San Mateo eating vacation spot 8 years in the past, has closed completely.
“We’re a COVID casualty, I’m afraid,” proprietor Brad Goldberg mentioned. “We had been doing simply OK, surviving on PPP investment.”
However that cash was once working out, and there was once a purchaser within the wings, so Goldberg determined to promote and close down.
Since 2012, the eating place had served a menu of contemporary American farm-to-table delicacies — the Brussels sprouts chips had been the must-order appetizer — with an emphasis on grilled meats and an in depth bar program.
“Aww, so very unhappy to be informed of your last,” buyer Cathy Ross Rafii wrote on Fb. “We liked going there and playing your environment, bartenders and meals. Wishing you the entire easiest on your subsequent project. Thanks for being a ravishing community bar/eating place these types of years!”
In his farewell observe, Goldberg thanked his shoppers, his staff, govt chef Gerardo Garcia, supervisor Jessica Alesna and mentor Dennis Berkowitz of the Max’s eating place workforce.
“I’ve been lucky to have made such a lot of pals and cast nice relationships that may closing lengthy after the eating place is closed,” he wrote. “I’ve been doing this a very long time and feature at all times identified that not anything lasts without end, but when I’ve any unhappiness, it’s right here: Gerardo Garcia and I began our control careers for Dennis Berkowitz and Max’s at the similar day in 1988. To place it merely, he’s the most efficient!”
That trio had additionally been liable for opening Billy Berk’s, a well-liked eating place in downtown San Jose, in 2008.
A press release hasn’t been made in regards to the new San Mateo tenants, however they’re going to inherit a cafe area with a powerful architectural pedigree.
The Beaux Arts edifice designed via William M. Weeks was once a Crocker financial institution for many years and, after that, a billiards corridor. The eating place renovation added fashionable touches and drew consideration to the financial institution’s spectacular neoclassical columns. The suave preservationist touches: The vault door was once fastened horizontally in an access wall, and its 500-pound black hinges cling within reach. The unique depository drop secure was once remodeled into the host station.
Main points: 164 South B St., San Mateo
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