Some places I go into I look around and think that the restaurant cannot charge enough to make a go at it. I’m expecting a shake out of sorts, even among several long-time places - from concept changes to just turning over the keys. If I had a place that was just “getting by” in SF with a Type 47 or 48 liquor license, I’d probably sell it for a cool quarter million and lose my headache. A chef with a benefactor can then open another “$1K for 2” dinner spot.
We have really started rethinking (or maybe just thinking) about some of the places we patronize. A couple of drinks/glasses of wine and a little bar snack while we’re walking around ends up being $40 to $50 out the door. We’re much more likely to stop at Le Petit Cochon on a stroll down Shattuck and stay there longer than we would have in the past (i.e., for a second round, a basket of frites) instead of a longer visit to Cesar, or Revival.
I don’t know how it is all going to shake out, and I’ll continue to eat well, but for the time being, with a bit more discretion in location and ordering. And when a simple dinner for two with a most modest bottle of wine is $100+, perhaps my expectations remain high.