SAN FRANCISCO — Last year, Yoshi’s SF closed and the venue reopened as The Addition. Less than three months later, The Addition has announced that it is “suspending operations” on Jan. 14.
The management team of Fillmore Live Entertainment Group LLC (FLEG), which took over and operated Yoshi’s San Francisco from July to October, before converting the name to The Addition, said in a press release, “This is due to some financial hardships resulting from reduced revenue since the takeover in July. FLEG is in the process of determining how to address existing liabilities of the business, and will be in touch at the earliest possible time.
“FLEG is also seeking a potential lead partner to take over operations at the earliest possible time, and continue to present quality headline entertainment, in addition to re-concepting the existing restaurant.”
According to the club’s website, www.theaddition.com, all upcoming shows have been canceled.
Yoshi’s SF, a jazz club and Japanese restaurant, opened in 2007 amid much fanfare as part of the revitalization of the Fillmore neighborhood but experienced financial difficulties from the start despite support from the City of San Francisco, and ultimately filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
It was an extension of the original Yoshi’s in Oakland (www.yoshis.com), which is still in business. Yoshi’s has hosted jazz greats such as Betty Carter, Max Roach, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Williams, Diana Krall, Branford Marsalis, McCoy Tyner, Harry Connick Jr. and Oscar Peterson.
When Yoshi’s SF reopened as The Addition in November, the management team called it “San Francisco’s newest music venue nestled between the Lower Fillmore and the Western Addition —from which it draws its name. The music programming is handled by industry veteran Peter Williams, and includes everything from world music, singer-songwriters, classic and indie rock, R&B, hip-hop, jazz and more! The Addition offers all reserved seating in the club, an all-new menu and inspired cocktail offerings. Music lovers and restaurant-goers alike can now celebrate the next great addition to San Francisco’s entertainment landscape.”