Updates: Alfred's Steakhouse Returning, Nomica's Next Incarnation, Harborview Opens, Setback With Rice Paper Scissors


Calm in the Alfred’s dining room (just before we took it over for our Blue Fox dinner!). Photo: Blair Heagerty Photography.


Katie Kwan and Valerie Luu at the entrance of their new restaurant location. Photo: Andria Lo.

Some fantastic news for my fellow ~ALFRED’S STEAKHOUSE~ fans: after mysteriously closing over the summer, the 90-year-old steakhouse (SF’s oldest steakhouse!) will be reopening December 1st, and former owner Al Petri and his family will be involved once again. Daniel Patterson took over the restaurant from the Petris three years ago—Al Petri is coming out of retirement and he will be the majority investor, but Patterson will remain an investor.

When Patterson took the space over, it got a light update, and with it came a menu upgrade with quality and seasonal products, grass-fed beef, à la carte menu options, and…higher prices. The new format back under Al Petri will offer a fixed-price menu: guests choose which cut of beef they want, and it will come with an appetizer platter for the table; a choice of a Caesar salad, heart of romaine salad, or prawn cocktail; and two sides ($39-$68). Stand by for more updates on the exact opening. 659 Merchant St. at Kearny, 415-781-7058. [Via Inside Scoop.]

In the last tablehopper issue, I broke the news about the changes at Nomica (and chef Hiroo Nagahara’s departure), and a few more details have been released. The new name will be ~IZAKAYA SUSHI RAN~, and will offer “a casual and inviting pub atmosphere, with small, sharable plates, classic izakaya-style ‘tapas’ and a sampling of Sushi Ran’s most popular rolls, selected raw fish, and favorites from the hot kitchen.” They want to offer “neighborhood-friendly prices” and a fun, casual space where guests can swing by for a drink and a bite or more. Sushi Ran’s executive chef Seiji (Waka) Wakabayashi will be overseeing the new menu, which will launch in late November. 2223 Market St. at Sanchez.

Boom: ~HARBORVIEW RESTAURANT AND BAR~ is now open. It’s the new Chinese restaurant from Kinson Wong, a founder of Chinatown’s popular R&G Lounge, that took over the former Crystal Jade on the Embarcadero. There’s no menu posted yet, but look for dim sum and classic Cantonese dishes (some R&G dishes will be coming over). It’s open for lunch Mon-Fri 11am-2:30pm and Sat-Sun 10:30am-2:30pm; dinner is served nightly 5pm-9:30pm. Happy hour is also every day from 3pm-7pm. 4 Embarcadero Center, 628-867-7350

And now some unfortunate news: our dear Rice Paper Scissors ladies, Katie Kwan and Valerie Luu, just announced they unfortunately had to pull the plug on their Folsom Street/Mission location after working so hard to bring their first brick-and-mortar Vietnamese restaurant to fruition the past year and a half. In a post on Instagram, they state: “We experienced some major, unforeseen complications in the restaurant opening process in the last five months and are heartbroken to report that we’re no longer able to open a restaurant at Folsom and 22nd.” You can read more in the post. For now, they ask: “Please reach out to us for any lunch, event or holiday catering, and we encourage you to continue to support local business (like the ones at West Coast Craft this weekend, where we’ll also be—and especially ones run by rad women). We hope to see you soon.” So, do that. Best wishes to them both, they have a lot of fans who are here to support!