The San Francisco restaurant that took people around the world reaches its final destination

After a 25-year run, Pomelo is closing – and the giant green fruit hanging over its front door will be gone for good.

Marcia Gagliardi, also known as Tablehopper, first reported that the citrus-named restaurant at 92 Judah Street last closed on April 30. It opened in October 1997.

In a closure announcement shared on Instagram, owner Rolf Bachmann said: “In addition to the loss of our lease and 2 financially devastating pandemic years, it has become an insurmountable challenge to cope with the ever-increasing costs and problems supply chain, secure qualified personnel and work through the city’s red tape.

Known for its “global and refreshing” menu, eating at Pomelo was like traveling around the world. Each menu item was inspired by the cuisine of a different country and named after a different city, which made for a truly unique dining experience in San Francisco. Menu highlights included ‘Havana’, a Cuban-style fried rice with plantains and your choice of protein, ‘Padang’, an Indonesian simmered beef curry with aromatic notes of lemongrass, lime leaves and of ginger, as well as the “Muravera”. », a Sardinian couscous grilled with fennel, saffron, broad beans and pancetta.

The restaurant had a second location at 1793 Church St. in Noe Valley, which opened in 2001, but dinner service was suspended at that location back. 2016.


On the restaurant’s website, Rolf and his team – Nelson, Roger and Rafael – thanked everyone and said they would cherish the experience of running Pomelo for the rest of their lives.

Pomelo food might live elsewhere, though. “Keep following this account for a possible announcement regarding a collection of recipes that we may release in the coming months,” the post said.

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