Hayes & Kebab Now Open

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Photo from Hayes & Kebab.

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Photo from Hayes & Kebab.

Let the falafel wars begin. After splitting from their space at 406 Hayes, ~HAYES & KEBAB~ is now reopened a couple blocks up Hayes in the former art gallery space at 580 Hayes and Laguna. Problem is, Kebabs of Hayes Valley, the business that opened when Hayes & Kebab left, is still in business. And now there’s Mazzat, a Lebanese cafe just a few blocks away, at Fell and Laguna. Anyway, the kind Kurdish folks at Hayes & Kebab had plenty of fans before they had to leave their original location, and are hoping to gain their audience back in this new spot. Well, one way they’re going to do it (and gain new fans) is with this big bonus: there’s free parking for restaurant customers! Yup, there’s a spacious parking lot, as rare as bluefin tuna in this town. They eventually hope to have a large outdoor patio and art garden in the lot.

The 44-seat space was constructed in an eco-conscious fashion (they’re applying for LEED certification), with many reclaimed materials (like the wood counter), plus suspended Moroccan lamps, and pillows along the banquette. The former menu will be in effect, with items like falafel, gyros, kebabs, couscous, and moussaka, along with some new additions like kibbeh and flatbread. There will also be brunch service on the weekend. Their beer and wine license had one protester, so they’re currently waiting to see what the outcome of their hearing will be. Open Mon-Fri 11am-10pm, Sat 10am-11pm, and Sun 10am-10pm. 580 Hayes St. at Laguna, 415-861-2977.