As part of our ongoing reporting on local restaurant closures, here is a list of establishments in the Bay Area that have closed or will close by the end of December 2021 (one establishment closes January 1). Notable shutters include Hong Kong-style Richmond District Restaurant, Ken Kee Cafe, Santa Clara’s El Camino Mongolian BBQ, and Lafayette Millie’s Kitchen Breakfast Mainstay. See the list of November closures here.
Santa Clara’s Favorite Mongolian barbecue El Camino closed on December 15 after a period of several decades. SFGATE first reported the shutdown (SFGATE and The San Francisco Chronicle are both owned by Hearst but operate independently.) Owners John and Sunny Seo cited the financial slowdown from the pandemic as the reason for the shutdown. The couple are considering returning to their native South Korea and are hoping someone else will reopen the facility. The restaurant had been around since 1993, but traded hands several times before the Seos took it over in 2005. The barbecue spot was known for its noodle bowls and crispy spring rolls.