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Michelin-starred SF cafe is closing, going to Scotland

A dish at Avery, at 1552 Fillmore St., San Francisco.

A dish at Avery, at 1552 Fillmore St., San Francisco.

Jennifer Y. through Yelp

Michelin-starred good-dining restaurant Avery is closing right after seven several years on San Francisco’s Fillmore Avenue, the cafe announced on Instagram. Nevertheless, this isn’t fully the conclude — as the cafe shared in August, a new site of Avery is slated to open up in Edinburgh, Scotland, in spring 2024. 

Chef-operator Rodney Wages explained to SFGATE that he and his family members fell in love with Edinburgh on holiday vacation past calendar year, top them to return this summertime for 3 months to scope it out as a possible a new residence for Avery. Closing the San Francisco area was not to begin with his plan, he explained, but he recognized he required to just after his time absent.

“What we observed whilst I was absent is it is pretty much difficult to come across anyone to continue to keep the integrity of Avery,” he reported. “I consider I’ve developed kind of a monster, you know, it’s a extremely chef-driven expertise. I’m at the desk pouring wine, I’m conversing to folks about sake, I’m conveying the food items, I’m cooking the meals. … And I believe which is truly awesome, but I just can’t replicate myself.”

Wages and his spouse also recently experienced a newborn, so he mentioned he is wanting for extra work-everyday living balance, and to have his child mature up closer to his English wife’s mother and father. Although he stated he won’t be going his loved ones to Scotland complete-time, they will be likely back and forth in between the Bay Area and Edinburgh.


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Additionally, he reported, “I believe the food stuff scene in Edinburgh is up and coming. There is some genuinely talented cooks placing Edinburgh on the map for food, and I imagine in the following couple many years, there’s certainly likely likely to be more Michelin stars and additional proficient chefs opening restaurants in the town.”

In San Francisco, Avery serves an Asian- and European-motivated menu of dishes like foie gras tortellini, grilled black cod curry and black truffle tuna. Avery in Edinburgh’s menu is expected to feature identical taste profiles, but with Scottish ingredients like scallops and wild video game. Eventually, Wages reported he hopes to have his possess farm there to increase elements for the restaurant. 

That explained, Wages isn’t abandoning San Francisco. In the former Avery place on Fillmore Road, he options to open up a new, much more casual thought that is fewer chef-ahead.


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“We’re not always throwing in the towel, but having a very little break and then concentrating on what is upcoming for San Francisco,” he explained. “…We’re speaking about perhaps turning into a little something more a la carte and focusing on additional of a wine bar type of part for folks to occur in and just have a couple of matters prior to a clearly show.”

Wages stressed that he didn’t want to insert to the San Francisco “mass exodus” narrative, and that the determination to near Avery in San Francisco was mostly a personal a person. 

“I’m energized for Avery and I consider San Francisco has been a really excellent commence for Avery, obtaining a Michelin star and placing in that perform,” he mentioned. “I assume that wanting again at what we have attained is very wonderful, so I’m undoubtedly quite grateful for San Francisco.”

Avery’s ultimate day of assistance is planned for Nov. 4, but Wages claimed they will most possible have an “open-household party” on Nov. 5 to deliver off the cafe. 


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