Quick News Updates (Besharam, Hashida, Commonwealth, More)

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The talented and stunning Heena Patel at the friends and family party for her new restaurant, Besharam. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Some fast bites:

Heena Patel of ~BESHARAM~ at Minnesota Street Project has parted ways with Daniel Patterson’s Alta Group (a mutual decision) and has assumed full operational control of the restaurant. She will be making some changes to the concept, becoming more family-friendly in format, plus some other tweaks. She will also be launching an all-day chai service (Tue-Sat 11am-5pm), featuring her housemade chai and Gujurati snacks. Expect the new version to launch in July 2019.

I was sorry to read that ~COMMONWEALTH~’s Mission location is in jeopardy due to a rent hike (er, it’s doubling) and some lousy lease terms when chef-partner Jason Fox’s lease comes up in September. According to Eater, they may be able to find another location—they hope to remain in the neighborhood. And they have certainly given back to the city, raising more than $400K over the past nine years for charities through their tasting menu donations. Here’s hoping for some good news for their good karma.

After reporting on the upcoming ~HASHIDA~ in Union Square, it ends up they are no longer opening in SF. A tablehopper reader received this email: “We regret to inform you that Hashida Sushi San Francisco is no longer opening due to some uncontrollable matter.” Then update your social media and say so, Hashida. 125 Ellis St. at Cyril Magnin.

It also looks like ~ALLEGRO ROMANO~ is back open after their temporary closure (there was a notice of suspension). 1701 Jones St. at Broadway.