612one Fusion Culinary & Fine Cocktails announced their intent to close their doors through a social media post yesterday. 612one opened back in February, 2017 replacing Italian favorite Bucci’s at the brick ‘Sawtooth’ building on Hollis. 612one took over the remainder of Bucci’s ten-year lease when their owners opted to retire after 28 years in business.
“[This is] a difficult thing to write, but what is going to be even more difficult is saying goodbye,” they noted in a heartfelt letter signed by partners Gary, Darrell and Ohm. “We love 612one and our customers who are more like family than patrons.”
612one served Asian-fusion fare with a full bar and generous happy hour. They hosted private events, occasional live music and live televised sports in their vast space. They maintained a solid 4-star average rating on Yelp.
Co-owner Gary Srisawat’s previous restauranteur resume includes owning Cha-Am Thai in SF’s SOMA district.
Full-service restaurants in Emeryville are becoming scarce as new establishments have increasingly opted for the counter-service model to reduce the impact of higher labor costs. The deliver model has also changed the economics and viability strategies of restaurants.
Bay Street has had a particularly difficult time finding replacement tenants for shuttered restaurants. They have not been able to attract replacement tenants for Elephant Bar, Pasta Pomodoro, Asqew or Zao Noodle that have all closed over the past few years.
612one will host a two-day farewell celebration this Friday, March, 15th and Saturday, March 16th. “Please join us to enjoy our last celebratory event, to write a note in our memory book, and to bid us farewell,” they note in their farewell letter.
They will close their doors for good on Friday, March 22nd.