The Canvas is Closing


Word came to me today from the Inner Sunset Merchants Association that the Canvas Gallery will be closing its doors soon. This is sad news for all of those who live nearby as the Canvas was a great meeting place, with decent food and a nice gallery. They held excellent community events, giving local artists and crafstmen/women the opportunity to sell their wares. Note, imho the food and service passed its peak some time ago, unfortunately this may have been the leading indicator that the gallery was going to fold. If you are a regular at the Canvas, let them know they will be missed. If you have never been, now is the time.

There is also a rumour circulating that the Canvas will be replaced by a seafood restaurant called Pacific Catch. They have locations in the Marina and Corte Madera.

Previously on Metblogs: The Canvas.

8 Comments so far

  1. tyler82 (unregistered) on February 22nd, 2007 @ 10:02 am

    We can all learn from this. Everytime you go to an art space, contribute something and make a donation. It is imperative that we keep these great cultural hubs alive in this city. They can’t stay open if we all keep freeloading from them.

  2. joescales (unregistered) on February 22nd, 2007 @ 1:45 pm

    Well .. it is sad…I ejoyed the feeling of this place.

    I would have to say, however, the last time we were there the food/service was comical. The bottles of Windex next to the bottles of condiments and liquor was especially nice. I tried to tell Drrr that that must be Blue Curacao …but she pointed out that Blue Curacao usually doesn’t have a big “Windex” lable on the outside.

    Good point.

    It will be missed.

    I get the feeling that it might have been saved. It served as a good place for students and artists …


  3. Tantek (unregistered) on February 22nd, 2007 @ 7:25 pm

    So the whole edgy anti-customer attitude (coupled with overpriced descending quality, increasingly boring food, dilapidated furniture clashing with the upscale artsy look, unreliable wifi, terrible open mic comedy nights – that dared to charge cover for you to put up with their lameness, etc.) finally caught up with them huh?

    Seriously, this is a sad closing, as the space had so much potential, and I certainly enjoyed many past moments there.

    One more place relegated to the past, perhaps where it belongs.

    Goodbye Canvas Gallery – we gave up on you long ago.

  4. Sunsettian (unregistered) on February 23rd, 2007 @ 8:44 am

    Tyler82 –

    “Make a donation”? “Freeloading”? As far as I know, Canvas was a business that charged money for food and drink. It wasn’t a museum. Businesses that provide sh**ty service close down. See other comments above. I don’t see why we have to subsidize a failing business that isn’t pleasing its customers.

  5. cd (unregistered) on February 23rd, 2007 @ 9:25 am

    One fewer study venue – that’s a loss for the ‘hood. Of course, a lot of me died the day Cafe Evolution shuttered and more died when it reopened as Cafe Grating-‘tude.

    Too bad, though – even with the so-so menu, it was a nice open, sunny space to hang out. Too bad it can’t be replaced with something less structured than a seafood restaurant.

    At least there’s always starbucks . . . . .

  6. TheRobin (unregistered) on February 23rd, 2007 @ 9:51 am

    Not many places can survive in this town with bad food and bad service. I spent several afternoons and evening at The Canvas, but I never went for the food or service. No matter how great the concept is or the space is or the art is, if the food sucks, most San Franciscans won’t “buy it”.

  7. Matt R. (unregistered) on February 23rd, 2007 @ 9:54 am

    Canvas Cafe–no great loss. Pacific Catch–last week, ate at the tiny one in the Marina on the advice of cousins who were visiting SF and found it on a bike ride. It was good baja/asian fusion choices–casual and affordable.

  8. smallerdemon (unregistered) on March 1st, 2007 @ 1:30 pm

    Indeed, it’s a bit of a poignant closing more than anything. Whatever it was when it opened a few years ago slowly dwindled into nothingness. They tried a variety of “new” things, not really grasping that decent food at a decent price would have been the kicker to keep people coming back. Hell, even decent coffee would have helped. But the run of the mill coffee and beer selection along with the declining state of the menu items and food quality combined with the speedy decline of the decor pretty much assured that it was doomed.

    Kudos for the initial try.

    Hey, that means there’s a market for a great coffee shop in the Inner Sunset now (sorry Beanery, it’s got to be better than just “good”).

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