The San Francisco Business Times has recently confirmed that the iconic family restaurant Alioto's is officially closing it's doors after 90 years in business. Alioto's, founded by Sicilian immigrant Ninzio Alioto in 1925, began as a small stall selling fish and seafood. Alioto passed away in 1933, leaving his widow Rose the business, which she transformed into the iconic seafood restaurant known today. The restaurant is now on it's fourth generation of owners from the Alioto family, whom posted the following on their website in 2020:
"Sorry, we are closed. In light of recent events, we will be closed until further notice. Stay safe and healthy."
However, until further notice, has sadly transitioned to forever. The restaurant did, in fact, close down in 2020. However, throughout the pandemic, the owners decided to end their lease with the Port of San Francisco and stopped paying rent on the space and on their warehouse as well.
Randy Quezada, a spokesperson for Port of San Francisco, stated:
"We understand and respect their business decision to end the lease. The loss of Alioto's—a renowned Fisherman's Wharf icon—is heartbreaking for the Port and the generations of San Franciscans and tourists that have enjoyed the Alioto's dining experience. Their contribution to the Port and the city will not soon be forgotten."
It is unclear whether the family will reopen their restaurant in another location or not.