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Solstice Lounge to Close Doors in March
Carolyn Alburger | Photo: Gregorio de Masi, Foodspotting | January 22, 2013
For just about ten years now, Solstice has been a Pacific Heights neighborhood staple. But a recent rent increase will bring the restaurant’s long run to an end.
Owner Matt Sturm says Solstice Lounge will shutter in March. Looking back through the years, a ten-year run for a restaurant in this town is certainly something to be proud of.
Sturm says he’s proud that he’s essentially had the same very loyal staff throughout the restaurant’s existence. “We couldn’t have done it without them,” he adds. At the same time several menu items—the Kobe beef sliders, the gorgonzola mac n’ cheese, and the raw Ahi tuna tartare—have been “untouchable since day one.”
Solstice’s last day will fall somewhere between March 15 and March 31, so loyal customers still have over a month to pop in and pay their respects. Sturm says there are some behind the scenes negotiations happening, and the next taker for the space isn’t finalized, despite some weekend finding on the liquor license wires. Meanwhile, Solstice’s sister restaurant, the original Fly Bar and Restaurant (762 Divisadero), is going into its 14th year in the Western Addition, and the other Fly (1085 Sutter Street) is going strong in the Tender Nob. Expect more on the future of 2801 California Street in the next few weeks.