Open and Shut: Nojo Open (Again), Ame and Bourbon Steak Closing


Nojo Ramen’s spicy chicken soboro tossed noodles. Photo via Facebook.

It’s closed, it’s open, oh wait, it’s closed again. And the former ~NOJO~ in Hayes Valley has opened once again, this time as ~NOJO RAMEN TAVERN~, although original chef-owner Greg Dunmore is no longer involved with the project, so the menu is different.Hoodline mentions the focus is on five kinds of ramen made with a rich chicken broth (paitan ramen), and small dishes like gyoza and cucumber with spicy miso are available. Pictured here is their spicy chicken soboro tossed noodles, a soupless ramen. There’s also an extensive menu of beers, plus sake, soju, and wine. Hours are Wed-Sat 5pm-11pm and Sun 11:30am-7pm. 231 Franklin St. at Hayes, 415-896-4587.

This makes for a nice segue, since Nojo’s Greg Dunmore used to work over at ~AME~ at The St. Regis San Francisco in SoMa. Lissa Doumani and Hiro Sone will be closing the restaurant at the end of February. Taking its place will be a pop-up concept—The Grill—for eight weeks, starting March 1st, under the direction of St. Regis San Francisco’s executive chef Franck Desplechin. A new concept will be unveiled later; stand by for updates. 125 3rd St. at Mission, 415-284-4040.

And Michael Mina is closing ~BOURBON STEAK~ at the end of March. Eater reports the lease was up, and Mina is looking for a new location—the restaurant opened in 2010. It looks like the restaurant’s brand-new chef Thomas Griese will be staying with the group (he was previously working for Mina in Miami), and it’s worth noting the bar Clock Bar will remain open.