Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at 11:50AM
La Taqueria, the 20-year old cantina/ burrito joint on Seventh between Berkeley and Lincoln, has closed up for good, a sign posted on Sunday announced.
After closing down their bar/ restaurant half in September and keeping only the take-out side with a small seating area in the back, I had a feeling that the effort wouldn't be enough to keep the struggling restaurant afloat. They were one of the first restaurants around to serve the gargantuan Mission-style burrito, but over the years competition has grown. A misguided renovation last summer drove away some longtime regulars, and with rents along this stretch growing to astronomical proportions, a take-out business just wasn't sustainable.
Add these two now-vacant storefronts to the still-for-rent Slope Sports space, and that's three empty storefronts on a block that last year at this time had none.