The owners did not respond to requests for comment, so no further explanation than that for now. The inside of the restaurant at 2305 El Camino (near California Avenue), which opened in 2011, was in disarray when I peeked in earlier this week, with receipts and food wrappers strewn on the floor and what looked like somebody's old lunch from Panda Express sitting on a counter.
The first Cheese Steak Shop opened in San Francisco in 1982. Then came Berkeley, Walnut Creek, San Jose and numerous other locations throughout the Bay Area. The company franchised in 2002 and opened even more outposts (including, according to the website, one in Manila and another in Singapore).
For mourning cheese steak fans, reminisce with this July 2012 review, Say cheese steak, and the photo below.
The original 7" Philly Cheese Steak at the Cheese Steak Shop features grilled beef, onions, provolone cheese, sweet and spicy peppers and served on Amoroso's rolls (a bakery in Philadelphia) and a side of fries. Photo by Veronica Weber.