Popular SF restaurant suddenly closes in face of pandemic headwinds

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Coronavirus has taken down yet another of San Francisco’s most popular restaurants.

Cockscomb, situated in SoMa at 564 Fourth St. and owned by celebrity chef Chris Cosentino, is closing permanently. Cosentino confirmed the news Tuesday in a post to social media. The announcement came as a surprise to many, as it came the same day Cosentino told the San Francisco Chronicle he hoped to "eventually reopen for normal service."

"I’ve been sitting here trying to say this over and over again eloquently, but ultimately it just sucks," Cosentino said in an emotional Instagram video.

"I’d like to thank all our staff, everyone from past to present, farmers, ranchers, local artists," Cosentino added. "The amazing community of guests that have supported the restaurant. I can’t thank you all enough for everything you’ve done for allowing me to feed you, realize this dream and create a really unique and special restaurant."

After shelter-in-place orders went into effect, Cockscomb moved a more casual menu for takeout and delivery service.

Former Chronicle critic Michael Bauer had given Cockscomb a stellar three-star review in 2016, writing the meat-heavy eatery was "a dark nightmare for a vegetarian, perhaps - but the food is exquisitely consistent in its excess."

The restaurant opened in 2014.

Many Bay Area restaurants have shuttered because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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