Openings: Rooster & Rice, Another Ben Thai, Fromagerie

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Khao man gai from Rooster & Rice. Yelp photo by JP N.

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The new La Fromagerie location in the Financial District. Photo via Facebook.

By Dana Eastland. Lovers of khao man gai, or the Thai version of Hainanese chicken rice, will be very excited to learn that there is a new San Francisco outpost specializing in the simple yet complex dish. It’s called ~ROOSTER & RICE~, and Yelpers report that they are now open and serving a tight menu with three versions of chicken and rice, including a vegetarian tofu version. Hours are Tue-Sat 11:30am-9pm or until they sell out. 2211 Filbert St. at Fillmore, 415-776-3647.

Last week, we mentioned newly opened ~BEN THAI CAFE~ on Polk Street. Well, now Eater reports that the Ben Thai team is planning an expansion. We reached out and co-owner Tara Benhudjiriras told us that they are expanding into an unused space to the side of Ben Thai. They plan to offer Thai-inspired street food in a grab-and-go environment, with late-night hours to cater to the bargoers in the neighborhood. Dishes include sweet roti with curry dip, tofu fish balls on a skewer, and crispy fried mealworms with Thai spices. 1331 Polk St. at Austin.

Back in May, we reported that Dogpatch cheese café and retail shop ~LA FROMAGERIE~ would be expanding with a new location in the Financial District, and it is now open. In addition to their retail cheese operation, you’ll find a selection of six sandwiches (one will change daily), four salads, and cheese and charcuterie boards. Take a look at the sandwich and salad options here and the cheese and charcuterie here. Hours are Mon-Fri 11am-7pm, and catering is available. 101 Montgomery St. at Sutter, 415-910-5666.