Daniel Patterson’s acclaimed fine dining restaurant Coi has permanently closed, marking the end of chef’s reign in the Bay Area.

Located near North Beach in San Francisco, the restaurant hasn’t served diners since the pandemic began. In a statement on Instagram, Patterson claimed lenders refused to let him reopen.

“I proposed a remodel and to reopen with a fresh vibe, but they still said no,” he said. “It breaks my heart to lose a restaurant I put so much love and so much of my life into.”

Coi opened about 16 years ago, showcasing Patterson’s version of California cuisine that spotlighted unusual local ingredients prepared with a mix of modern and ancient techniques. When it closed, it held two Michelin stars and at one point earned three, the highest possible rating.

People have dinner at Coi in San Francisco. The restaurant, which hasn’t served diners since the pandemic began, will not reopen.

John Storey / Special to the Chronicle 2016

“Few restaurants have been as visionary as Coi, where Daniel Patterson raised foraged and overlooked ingredients such as seaweed, toasted grains and ice plants to four-star fare,” former Chronicle critic Michael Bauer wrote in a 2016 review.

The restaurant launched Patterson to stardom, and he started an empire in the Bay Area: Il Cane Rosso in the Ferry Building, Plum in Oakland’s Uptown, Haven in Oakland’s Jack London Square and Alta CA in San Francisco. In 2017, he teamed up with chef Roy Choi to launch Locol, a fast food restaurant with a community-minded mission, and started partnering with emerging minority chefs. He opened Jamaican restaurant Kaya with Nigel Jones of Kingston 11, upscale Arab spot Dyafa with Reem Assil of Reem’s and Gujarati restaurant Besharam with Heena Patel.

They were efforts to give a leg up to women and people of color in an industry where racial equity was lacking, he said at the time. But all of those restaurants either closed or the partnerships failed, with some minority chefs saying they felt tokenized.

Patterson said he’s grateful for his 30 years in the Bay Area, but now he feels at home in Los Angeles. He still runs California-soul food restaurant Alta Adams there.

“I am grateful for all the ups and downs, and there was plenty of both,” Patterson said. “Doing new things means taking risks, and risks means sometimes you fail. But the successes and the positive impact made it all worthwhile. “

Janelle Bitker is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: janelle.bitker@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @janellebitker

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