Brown Sugar Kitchen is closing SF Ferry Building location
It was just last February that Brown Sugar Kitchen, chef Tanya Holland's Oakland brunch spot famous for its fried chicken and waffles, opened its first San Francisco outpost in the Ferry Building. However, San Francisco's relationship with the soul food spot was not meant to last — the Ferry Building location will close Jan. 19, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
“While we’re disappointed to step back from Brown Sugar Kitchen’s counter concept, I’m personally deeply proud to have established the first black female-owned restaurant in the iconic San Francisco Ferry Building,” Holland said in an email announcement.
This comes soon after the closure of neighbor Mijita, chef Traci Des Jardins' fast-casual Mexican restaurant that had been in the Ferry Building for 15 years.
The reasons for Brown Sugar Kitchen's closure are unclear, although Holland told Eater that it was “the right business decision” and that she wanted to focus efforts on the restaurant's flagship Oakland location. Originally, she opened Brown Sugar Kitchen in West Oakland in 2008, but moved to a larger spot in Uptown Oakland with dinner service and a full liquor license around the same time she opened the Ferry Building location.
Holland teased that some new opportunities are on the horizon for Brown Sugar Kitchen in the coming months. For now, you can still get your buttermilk fried chicken and brown sugar butter cornbread in SF for other week or so.
Madeline Wells is an SFGATE associate digital reporter. Email: email@example.com | Twitter: @madwells22