Nowhere in the city is the high turnover rate in the restaurant business more evident than in Nob Hill.
Consider the short stretch on the north side of Central between Amherst and Tulane. The block’s longtime anchors, the Guild Cinema and Il Vicino, are still there, but much of the rest of the block has turned over in recent years. Pho 505, 99 Degrees Seafood Kitchen and Zacatecas are gone, and in their place stand ABQ Bite, El Camino Donuts and Tio David’s Peruvian Flavor.
The arrival of Tio David’s is particularly timely, as it coincides with the departure of another Peruvian restaurant, Pollito con Papas II. The spinoff of the busy operation near the base on Gibson closed recently after a two-year run on the other side of the street.