Quickie Updates on Openings, Changes, and Closures


Saru Sushi Bar; Yelp photo by John H.

After an initial tip-off from Chowhound back in November, it looks like there’s another make-your-own sushi joint in town: ~SUSHI TAKA~, which has opened in the old Latte Express space. You can come up with all kinds of franken-rolls, like beef sukiyaki with Jarlsberg cheese, or teriyaki tofu with salsa, or…. I am going to stop right there. You can check out the menu here. And since I’m seeing eel and salmon on there, it looks like yet another new sushi place that doesn’t seem to care about sustainability. One other component: chef-owner Nick Ono makes the rice with green tea powder. Open Mon-Fri 10am-6pm and Sat 11am-2pm. 600 Kearny St. at Sacramento, 415-362-4800.

Over in Noe Valley, Noe Valley SF notes ~SARU SUSHI BAR~ has opened in the former Tamasei Sushi space. Some posts on Yelp mention more new-fangled dishes (tasting spoons of halibut tartare with grated lime, yuzu juice, and Japanese sea salt, or kampachi with truffle oil, ponzu, garlic chips, and scallion, and “spicy tuna topped with avocado and cucumber over a slightly fried piece of seaweed”), classic nigiri, and rolls. Pics on Yelp show a stylish, traditional-meets-industrial interior and outdoor seating. Open Tue-Thu and Sun 12pm-2pm and 5pm-9pm; Fri-Sat 12pm-2pm and 5pm-10pm. 3856 24th St. at Sanchez, 415-400-4510.

A tablehopper reader tipped us off that ~CALABRIA BROS.~ Italian deli is opening their second location this Saturday in the former Sorrento Delicatessen in the Excelsior. 4763 Mission St. at Russia Ave.

Mission Loc@l mentions ~780 CAFÉ~ will be taking the place of The Summit. More: “Jose Ramos, the property manager at 780 Valencia and former staffer with New College and the Mission Neighborhood Centers, will run the café, said Ashwin Navin of I/O Ventures.” 780 Valencia St. at 19th St.

Over in the Haight, Haighteration announces ~CUCO’S~ was served with a 30-day notice, and is sadly closing after 20 years in business (and serving many, many plantain burritos and chiles rellenos). 488 Haight St. at Fillmore, 415-863-4906.

Eater reports ~LA TERRASSE~ in the Presidio has closed.