The decline and fall of Scalo had enough intrigue for a Netflix miniseries.
A fight for control between the spouse-owners descended into allegations of substance abuse and embezzlement. The drama sapped the energy from the place, and its reputation eroded away until it abruptly closed in December 2018 after four decades in Nob Hill. The prime location, under a squat, octagonal cupola on the northwest corner of the historical Nob Hill Business Center, sat idle.
A year and a half later, Scalo has reopened under the ownership of the husband-and-wife team of Prashant and Christie Sawant, patrons of the old place who want to restore it to its former glory. They hired Gaetano Ascione, a Naples, Italy-born chef with international experience, to take over in the kitchen, and have been using social media to promote the reopening.