If any business owner was positioned to survive the pandemic’s devastating blows to downtown San Francisco, it was restaurateur and chef Bruce Hill. Finally forced to close this month, his Zero Zero restaurant is another sign that hopes of a return to normalcy are an illusion.
Since COVID-19 struck more than two years ago, numerous businesses shuttered while Hill and Zero Zero, an Italian restaurant specializing in Neapolitan-style pizza, held on in the South of Market neighborhood. Zero Zero had some crucial advantages. Pizza lent itself to to-go orders. Hill secured federal financial aid, much of which has been forgiven. … Read more