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San Francisco restaurants suffer ‘worst summer I’ve ever seen,’ according to one owner

Restaurants are closing their doors across San Francisco as inflation, layoffs and other factors cause a “brutal decline” in business, according to a Tuesday report from the San Francisco Chronicle.

“Scores of popular restaurants have closed since the summer,” the paper wrote. “San Francisco lost Queens, Automat, Stonemill Matcha, Dumpling Club, Media Noche, Barbacco, Gracias Madre, Hina Yakitori and others. Oakland restaurant Palmetto is shuttering at the end of the month after what one of the owners said was ‘the worst summer that I’ve seen.’”

“They’ve cut staffing. They’ve raised prices. They’ve started cleaning the bathrooms themselves,” the report continued. “It may not be enough to stave off more closures. ‘It’s a terrifying industry right now, terrifying,’” restaurant owner Joe Hargrave told The Chronicle. 

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Fox News’ Taylor Penley contributed to this report.

Jeffrey Clark is an associate editor for Fox News Digital. He has previously served as a speechwriter for a cabinet secretary and as a Fulbright teacher in South Korea. Jeffrey graduated from the University of Iowa in 2019 with a degree in English and History. 

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