In a very brief email worded almost as tersely as a telegram, Frjtz (590 Valencia St.) announced that its last day of service will be Sunday, Jan. 28.
“It has been an incredible journey at this location” proprietor Santiago Rodriguez said by email. “We are focusing on deliveries for the immediate future as this has become a steady growing part of our business. We are currently in negotiations with a smaller venue in the Mission district that will require a complete build out so stay tuned.”
A 13-year-old spot for Belgian fries, moules frites — and, more recently, a poutine-heavy “Stoner Frjtz” menu with dishes like Coca-Cola-braised pulled pork and a caramelized kimchi and grilled steak plate — it’s only the latest in the long-running wave of closures on Valencia that has yet to crest.
In the last few months, Babu Ji, Farina and Farina Pizza, and Vietnamese kitchen MAU have all closed — although MAU reopened a month later. (It’s the subject of SF Weekly‘s current restaurant review, in fact.) This isn’t the first Frjtz to wind down, either; a Hayes Valley location shuttered in 2012. (It’s now the site of jazzy, cinephile-centric lounge Noir.)
Elsewhere in the department of goodbyes, Eater notes that Rockridge’s year-old brunch-and-upscale-pub-fare restaurant Duchess closed for the holidays and opted not to reopen, although the owners implied that they might be back with a different project. It’s tough out there.
Frjtz, 590 Valencia St., 415-863-8272 or frjtzfries.com