It hasn't been an easy year for star chefs in San Francisco. And on Thursday, Eater SF reported that Brunch Drunk Love -- Top Chef alum Ryan Scott's pop-up brunch -- will serve its last meal at Bruno's on January 29.
According to Eater, Scott is checking out other potential venues for the brunch, but will be closing shop for the time being.
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Fortunately, though Brunch Drunk Love may be toast, Ryan Scott is as busy as ever. Eater reported that the chef will be opening two new outposts of his restaurant Please & Thank You, and according to Scott's Twitter account, he will soon be the new spokesman for a line of Bon Appetit collection cookware.
In December, Chef Elizabeth Falkner, another Top Chefer, announced the closure of her beloved San Francisco restaurants Citizen Cake and Orson due to the skyrocketing costs of operating a restaurant in San Francisco. As The Huffington Post reported, Falkner has 2012 plans for a brand new restaurant project -- though she declined to reveal whether it would be based in SF.
"San Francisco has always been a beautiful place to be a chef, but this city is starting to push its restaurants out," said Falkner to HuffPost. "When it's all said and done it can be just too hard on restaurants. That's why you keep seeing a new restaurant boom in cities like Oakland. You are seeing that here anymore."
Is San Francisco creating foodie phoenixes for other cities? Let us know what you think in the comments section below. In the meantime, check out this scandalous interview with Chef Scott (Foie gras threesome? High or sober?), courtesy of our friend Liam Mayclem at Foodie Chap.