Posts Tagged ‘restaurants’

16th and Guerrero restaurant update

July 30th, 2011

Two empty restaurant spaces are about to get less empty. Today a new sign went up at the former Bangkok 16 space for Krua Thai:

Krua Thai

And further down the street at the former Il Cantuccio space is an alcohol permit for (what else?) a new Italian pizza joint called Mozzeria:


Maharaja to become Taj Express

July 19th, 2011


The defunct Maharaja on Valencia at 16th now has a liquor license on the window for a new Indian eatery to be called Taj Express.

We can only hope this will be a step up from the previous tenant, notorious for empty seats, bland food and poor service. With only Pakwan in the immediate area, a second good (or even decent) Indian joint would be a welcome sight.

Sharpie owners upset about closing of Hong Kong Express Cafe

June 13th, 2011

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Hong Kong Express Cafe, also known as the absurdly cheap restaurant filled with hobos and pigeons, finally closed its doors to make room for Southpaw BBQ.

However, not everyone is pleased with this change, as indicated with the above photos of protests from Sharpie owners. And while it’s easy to discount their protests as the price of a Sharpie is greater than the cost of a plate of food at Hong Kong Express, it’s true that the number of affordable dining options around 16th and Mission has decreased dramatically in recent years.

Venga Empanadas

May 26th, 2011

Venga Venga Emanadas Plan

A new empanadas joint is opening soon on Valencia. Well that’s not entirely true; it’s not really new. See, Venga Empanadas didn’t have a place to call home until now. The Valencia location will be their first real storefront.

The location may prove fiercely competitive. Many other places nearby are selling empanadas: the well-established Chile Lindo on 16th, and Pica Pica is only steps away on 15th and Valencia.

Bangkok 16 is closed

May 19th, 2011

Bangkok 16

First Ti Couz, now Bangkok 16? This stretch of 16th is starting to look a bit sparse.

Hopefully someone new will open up in this space to provide late-night snacks for thirsty Elixir patrons.

Bombay Bazar and Ice Cream is back!

May 1st, 2011

Bombay Bazar and Ice Cream

According to this flyer, plastered all over the 16th and Valencia area today, Bombay Bazar and Ice Cream has moved to a new location and is once again selling Indian foods, items, and their crazy (but delicious) ice cream flavors.

The address listed, 245 South Van Ness, is the home of Lost Art Salon according to Google Maps and Yelp. (No word online about Lost Art’s closure/relocation.)

Say bye to plywood

April 13th, 2011

And say hello to the new exterior for Locanda, which for some reason still has a sign for Ramblas.


The opening date was pushed back to March, but clearly that didn’t happen. Anyway, us pedestrians are sure to be thankful that the plywood is gone.

No No Name Sushi

March 17th, 2011

It’s official: No Name Sushi (aka Nippon Sushi) is gone. The recently-rebuilt space is now for rent.

No No Name Sushi

According to the agent’s website, the rent is a whopping $3,500 for the tiny 525 square foot space. It’s intended to be used as a restaurant, and word on the street is there are interested parties. But few types of restaurants could operate in such a tiny space.

Locanda opening pushed back until March

January 24th, 2011

Last we heard about Locanda, the new Roman-style eatery in the Delfina family, it was scheduled to open in January 2011 at the shuttered Ramblas space in January 2011.

Now that January is almost gone, the work on the space looks like it’s far from done; the kitchen space was torn out and still not replaced; no new windows or seating area; the exterior wall isn’t even in place.

Now along comes a Craigslist ad from Delfina looking for experienced restaurant managers. The nugget in the add is the opening for Locanda: March 2011.

The ad follows:

Our small group of restaurants is expanding and we need You in order to grow.
We are currently seeking MANAGERS of all levels to add to the mix, helping to bring out the best at each of our Italian restaurants:
Delfina Restaurant, Pizzeria Delfina (two locations) and Locanda, a modern Roman osteria/taverna opening in March 2011.
Candidates must have prior supervisory experience and a solid background in fine dining (Italian experience a plus).
Potential hires must be passionate about food and wine, mature, professional and serious about their career.
Benefits include: vacation, medical, dining benefits.

Please include your resume in the body of your email and NOT as an attachment. attachments will not be read.

Thank you for applying!

Is this a realistic date, given the work to be done? Or will Locanda be yet another Valencia restaurant that takes it sweet time between announcement and opening date? Time will tell…

New restaurant for 18th and Dolores

January 9th, 2011

Last night I happened to notice this Planning Dept. application for a building permit on the former Studio 3579 space.

Planning permit, 18th and Dolores

If you recall, Studio 3579 was a recently shuttered store on the corner of 18th and Dolores, across from Dolores Park Cafe.

The planning permit indicates that they’re building out a “full service” restaurant. Considering the diminutive size of the place, one has to wonder if they’re going to be cooking with an Easy-Bake Oven.

Oh and before you ask, Ashton Richards appears to be a local architect, not a restauranteur.

UPDATE: KevMo points out that this will be a sushi joint. But isn’t the market for sushi in the Mission Dolores area already way past saturation point? Time will tell.