Good News Updates: Sam Wo, Minako


The slip of a space that was Sam Wo. Photo from Sam Wo’s website.

According to a very exciting post on their Facebook page, closed Chinatown institution ~SAM WO~ is reopening. They’ve reportedly secured a location in Chinatown and are hoping to open sometime after the Chinese New Year. To recap, the original Sam Wo building (which was built in 1907) needed at least $300K in upgrades, and the restaurant was unable to come to an agreement with the building owner, so they had to close. While nowhere could be quite the same as the original location, this is wonderful news. We’ll keep you posted on their new location and opening!

Back in August, we reported that ~MINAKO ORGANIC JAPANESE CUISINE~ in the Mission would be moving this fall. Well, we had a chance to follow up with them, and it turns out that their landlord has extended their lease six months. So, for now, the search for a new location is on hold until spring. 2154 Mission St. at Sycamore, 415-864-1888.