Venticello in San Francisco is closing after 29 years

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Venticello Ristorante in Nob Hill is closing after 29 years in business.

Venticello Ristorante in Nob Hill is closing after 29 years in business.

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Venticello Ristorante, a popular Italian restaurant perched on top of San Francisco’s Nob Hill, is closing after 29 years, citing challenges related to the pandemic and its subsequent impact on tourism in the city, the San Francisco Chronicle first reported. (SFGATE and the San Francisco Chronicle are both owned by Hearst but operate independently of one another.)

The two-level restaurant located on Taylor Street initially shuttered in March 2020 amid the citywide shelter-in-place order. It largely depended on business from out-of-town visitors staying at the historic Mark Hopkins and Fairmont hotels nearby, as well as locals attending shows at the Masonic. Co-owners Mike and Christina Deeb, who also run Nob Hill Cafe, told the Chronicle they had no choice but to vacate the space last summer. 

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