Movie star chef Tanya Holland steps away from her final Oakland restaurant

Chef Tanya Holland’s latest announcement that she was closing her practically 15-year-old Oakland restaurant Brown Sugar Kitchen was already unhappy sufficient. Sadly, we now have much more unhappy information: Holland has parted methods together with her final remaining restaurant, City Fare on the Oakland Museum of California, as first reported by Eater SF.

City Fare, a vegetable-centric cafe serving ricotta and mushroom toasts, roasted beet salad and vegetarian and fried hen sandwiches, first opened final June. As of Jan. 31, Holland has ended her relationship with the museum, museum director and CEO Lori Fogarty instructed Eater SF. OMCA will hold City Fare’s title and a few of its menu gadgets however is now searching for a brand new cafe associate to take over.

The precise causes for Holland’s departure are unclear, however she instructed SFGATE in January that her different restaurant, Brown Sugar Kitchen, had been struggling for some time earlier than she made the selection to shut.

“Contemplating we have been in enterprise for nearly 15 years, if there have been the the appropriate sources all the best way alongside, I believe we’d have survived as a result of we simply would have issues in place,” she instructed SFGATE on the time. “I believe there’s numerous eating places just like us which have survived, and a few individuals are opening new eating places. I imply, it is COVID, however it’s additionally what’s taking place in Oakland proper now … with all of the empty workplaces and storefronts. I am between some boarded-up retail areas, and not one of the workplace areas are occupied, so there’s not site visitors.”

At one level, Holland additionally had a second location of Brown Sugar Kitchen on the San Francisco Ferry Constructing, however that closed in 2020 lower than a yr after opening. Now, the chef has no remaining eating places — though she nonetheless has a present on the Oprah Winfrey Community and plans to launch a brand new cookbook within the fall, in response to Eater SF.