Maestro, the restaurant and bakery/cafe from the people behind Burlingame’s La Bohème (they actually closed that business to open this one), has shuttered after a brief nine months at Civic Center. It occupied the storied space at 555 Golden Gate Avenue that was once the second home of Stars, and later became Trader Vic’s, and the closure seems to have come without much warning — the Facebook account is still active, as is their OpenTable. However, a reader tipped off Tablehopper, and Grub Street has subsequently confirmed on the ground that the place is very dark today when it ought to be open, and no one is answering the phone. Update: Things were seriously messy in the space as of Tuesday, and we have a shot of the note posted outside the restaurant to patrons, suggesting that the restaurant might relocate.
Judging by the disarray in the restaurant, unopened bills by the door, and stripped kitchen, it would look like the team vacated in a serious hurry.
Below, the odd note, which directs patrons to the website for news of a “new location.” (Note: It’s a flash site that takes way too long to load.) Also, a shot of the restaurant as it looks now.
Update 2: The Scoop reports that the restaurant is actually in bankruptcy, was evicted, and owes $77,000 to the landlord, which is still Trader Vic’s.