The open floor plan and display shelves at Harvest. Photo courtesy of Harvest.
Kao klook ka-pi at the new Pak Nam Thai. Yelp photo by Natnicha L.
The iconic Lafayette Coffee Shop sign. Yelp photo by Mr. Bolo B.
Here’s a roundup of new places opening around the city, with a few closures and changes too. First up, for those of you with a medical cannabis card and a penchant for buying edibles, you will want to check out ~HARVEST~ in the Inner Richmond. The space looks like a hip grocery store—no bulletproof glass barriers here. The site says they are “California’s only private, members-only cannabis lounge,” and Eater reports they are carrying edibles like “brown butter sage marshmallows, sriracha potato chips, granola, and strawberry wedding cake soda.” Check out some of their sweets here. Open daily 11am-9pm. 4811 Geary Blvd. at 12th Ave., 415-702-6767.
Here’s another new Thai place I’m excited to visit when I return home next: now open in the Tenderloin is ~PAK NAM THAI~. The location is the former Pagolac (you’ll be missed!)—you’ll recognize the little built-in niches in the walls. The chef is reportedly from Southern Thailand, offering some lesser-known dishes, and Yelpers are reporting the dishes run HOT. You can take a peek on their menu here. Hours are daily 11am-4pm and 5pm-11pm. 655 Larkin St. at Ellis, 415-872-9398.
FiDi fans of the former Evergreen Garden will be pleased to know ~PAPARIKAS~ has opened in its place, a casual and Pan-Asian place specializing in choose-your-own noodle and rice plates, plus some appetizers and salads that should be good for the lunch crowd (menu here). Yelpers report the coconut chicken and noodles is especially good. Open Mon-Fri 11am-4:30pm. 645 Clay St. at Montgomery, 415-398-2338
Over in the Outer Sunset, the former Sea Biscuit Cafe has transformed into ~YONKERS CAFE~, under new ownership. The menu offers breakfast sandwiches and plenty of deli sandwiches for lunch, plus pour-over coffee, and a wine bar in the evening. Unfortunately the phone number wouldn’t connect, so that’s all I’ve got! Open daily 7am-8pm. 3815 Noriega St. at 45th Ave., 415-564-5000.
Coming soon to the Twitter building is a kiosk from the East Bay’s ~DOUGHNUT DOLLY~. Owner Hannah Hoffman makes some seriously wonderful filled doughnuts, and Eater reports she will also offer some savory versions, plus coffee and sandwiches to go. Expect an opening around the end of May.
Fans of ~SWEET WOODRUFF~ in Lower Nob Hill should know owners Teague Moriarty and Matt McNamara are closing the café on Thursday March 31st, in advance of their lease running out this year. (Via Scoop). 798 Sutter St. at Jones, 415-292-9090.
Was sorry to read that old-school Tenderloin diner, ~LAFAYETTE COFFEE SHOP~ (a rare bird these days) was forced to close due to a landlord not renewing the owners’ lease. Owners Stanley and Stefanie Yang are trying to find another location to reopen the affordable and friendly shop and want to maintain a vintage look too. (The trademark neon sign has to stay with the building. But of course the landlord won’t let them take the red booths and is reportedly trashing them. Really?! ) Via Hoodline. 250 Hyde St. at Eddy.
And the Mission location of ~THE AMERICAN GRILLED CHEESE KITCHEN~ is closing at the end of April. It sounds like owners Heidi Gibson and Nate Pollak were made an offer they couldn’t refuse (the other two locations will remain open). Hoodline reports the new owners will be opening (yet another) omakase/Edomae-style sushi restaurant—one of them is Masaki Sasaki, who you will recall was last at Maruya in the Mission (the other partner listed is Kuniki Hayashi).