Tidbits: Rhea's Deli Part Two, Tu Lan's Future Is Grim, International Food Court Returns


The Korean steak sandwich at Rhea’s Deli. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Fans of ~RHEA’S DELI~ monster truck sandwiches will be happy to know they plan to open a second location, Rhea’s Cafe, in the former Deli-Up Cafe space at 20th and Bryant. Mission Mission also mentions there will be seating available—and the potential return of the delicious katsu sandwich. 2200 Bryant St. at 20th St.

Things are looking grim for ~TU LAN~: the Scoop reports the Department of Public Health revoked the restaurant’s permit due to Tu Lan’s “extensive history of health violations.” The only way owner Anthony Nguyen can reopen is if he makes a final appeal to the city Board of Appeals. (Maybe he needs to bring some bún cha gió to the appeal.) 8 6th St. at Market.

In the phoenix rising from the ashes department, Chowhound reports the ~INTERNATIONAL FOOD COURT/CENTER~ is back open after being closed for years due to an electrical fire. Downtown workers can get their pho and sushi and lumpia groove back on for lunch. Corner of Bush and Kearny.

Over at 18th Hour Cafe, the Thursday night party (every week 6pm-10pm) at ~18 REASONS~, things continue to get more dialed: John Lee, an 18 Reasons instructor and cook, has taken over the menu planning and management of the cafe night. The menu changes weekly but always includes a rotating charcuterie plate, cheese platter, and an assortment of Tartine bread with Vella butter. In previous weeks, they’ve had a variety of salads, crostini/bruschette, and sometimes baked goods like empanadas (take a look at last week’s menu here). In August, the menu is focused on Iberian cheeses and wines, while September will feature cheeses from the Pacific Northwest.

A tablehopper tipster let me know ~FULL MOON THAI BISTRO~ is now open in the Inner Sunset, complete with a modern look and groovy LED light system, plus an outdoor patio that’s coming soon. 1220 9th Ave. at Irving, 415-242-1780.

As previously reported, North Bay cupcake sensation ~SIFT~ is taking over the former Dumplings and Buns space at 2411 Fillmore at California. Official opening is Wednesday August 22nd, so get ready for combinations like “Pink Champagne,” a raspberry cupcake with Champagne frosting.