Tidbits: Gitane Reopens, Sri Lankan Restaurant Coming, More


Perilla on Geary. Photo from the Richmond Blog.

Great news: ~GITANE~ reopened last Friday after a fire closed it down for about a week. Now the team can get back to launching their new menu: it’s obviously a hot one.

Richmond Blog notes the Outer Richmond’s ~PERILLA~ has morphed into a Cajun crawfish spot (do those places ever stay in business?). Same owners, by the way. 5423 Geary Blvd. at 18th Ave.

Coming to SoMa in December will be 49-seat ~1601 BAR & KITCHEN~ from chef-owner Brian Fernando, according to the Scoop. He comes from San Jose’s upscale Le Papillon, but he will be cooking Sri Lankan cuisine (his father is from Sri Lanka). Look for small plates, including mulligatawny soup and the egg hopper, a street food dish (again, this should be ‘hopper approved). 1601 Howard St. at 12th St.