By Aidin Vaziri
Last week, the Inner Richmond's Q Restaurant hung a blue banner over its door announcing that it will shut down on June 29. Now where am I going to get my tots?
Apart from being one of the only places you can get a decent burger west of Divisadero, the funky Clement Street eatery – and it takes a lot to be funky on Clement Street – is known for its delectable perfectly-crisp-on-the-outside-and-piping-hot-and-moist-on-the-inside tater tots. Paired with a glass of wine, they make for a spectacular late night snack, but when placed on top of the gooey macaroni and cheese as an entrée (with optional chicken or bacon), they are iconic.
In an open letter to their regular customers, Q co-owners Brinn Riley and Andrew Gillen explained that there are a variety of reasons for the impending closure (mainly his debilitating back pain) that comes after 16 years of business in a neighborhood known primarily for affordable Asian food. “This corner of San Francisco has something special – warm and welcoming neighbors, support for individuality, a comfortable place to nurture ones dreams, dedicated small business owners and a safe neighborhood for families to grow,” they write. “It has truly been an honor to live and serve here. We sincerely hope the strong sense of community in the Inner Richmond continues and thrives forever.”
While I remove this pepper flake from my eye, let’s reminisce about all the other things that made Q such a wonderful neighborhood spot: the year-round Christmas lights, gigantic burgers, southern fried chicken on mashed potatoes, sparkly vinyl booths, chorizo scrambled eggs, smoked corn beef hash, magnetic walls with letters you could use to spell rude things … you get the idea. There are still a few weeks to take it all in – just head over to 225 Clement Street between 3rd and 4th Avenues one last time.
Oh, and I’m totally blaming Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives host Guy Fieri for all this – one of the other spots he visited on the Q episode also closed.
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