The former Chino dining room. Photo courtesy of Chino.
I was sorry to hear over the weekend that ~CHINO~ was going to be closing, especially since I was really digging the new direction chef-partner Ron Pei was taking the menu, and Danny Louie’s cocktails were killing it. (Well, it wasn’t for lack of trying—the journey of perfecting the soup dumplings was notable in and of itself.)
SFist was first to report the closure, which happened yesterday (Monday). For now, owner Joe Hargrave says they are going to use the space for private events and pop-ups, and an entirely new concept will be coming in 2016. We’ll keep you apprised.