Txoko Closing After New Year’s Eve

Farewell free foie gras
Farewell free foie gras Photo: Txoko/Facebook

Another restaurant bites the dust as the year comes to a close, this time in North Beach. Spanish-inspired Txoko announced it will close after dinner service on New Year’s Eve. Chef Ian Begg and co-owner Ryan Maxey opened Txoko in May 2011 in the old Enrico’s space. However, the restaurant struggled to find its footing, changing its menu structure and adding brighter lighting and bar stools earlier in January. Critics liked the restaurant well enough, but it seemed the neighborhood, the often-seedy strip of Broadway, got the best of it. Maxey and Begg will continue to run Naked Lunch, and don’t be surprised if they host a pop-up dinner or two in the former Txoko space next year. [Scoop, Earlier]