Flickr photo by Rick Audet.
Due to open in mid-August in the former Mecca space will be ~SHANGHAI~ (site coming later, FYI). Owner Francis Tsai, an 83-year-old native of Shanghai, who has been working in hospitality since he was 18, has brought on chef Leo Gan, opening chef for Shanghai 1930. The menu will feature modern Shanghainese cuisine prepared with seasonal, locally sourced and/or organic ingredients.
Tsai has had quite the interesting background; according to a press release, “his eclectic career has included stints as a ballroom dance instructor, running the food division of Pan American Airlines, creating the first discotheque in Hong Kong, and operating Wu Kong Restaurant in San Francisco’s Rincon Center.”
Dinner will be served Tue-Sun, with a dim sum brunch on Saturday and Sunday (service to begin about a month after the restaurant opens) and a late-night small plates menu. (Hey, Francis, if you want to kill it, offer a late-night dim sum menu. Seriously. I don’t understand why there isn’t a late-night dim sum place in this town. Xiao long bao at midnight? YES PLEASE.) There is also a full bar, and private dining and special events will be dialed in as well. 2029 Market St. at Dolores and 14th Streets.