Coming Soon: Champa Garden to SF, Wing Lee, and Is the Patio Really Going to Open?


Bao o’clock at Wing Lee. Yelp photo by Mark C.

Chowhounders are fired up with the news that ~CHAMPA GARDEN~ is opening a location in San Francisco’s Ingleside neighborhood. The Laotian restaurant is most known for its rice ball salad and noodle soups. Chowhounders report that the owners had hoped to open sooner, but it looks like the space needs more work than they anticipated. We’ll keep an eye out and let you know what’s happening. 613 Faxon Ave. at Ocean.

Looks like cheap Clement Street dim sum purveyor (and home of one of my favorite baked chashu pork buns) ~WING LEE~ (at 501 and 503 Clement) is looking to open in the former Chapeau! space, and is trying to expand the space to include the former retail store next door (124 Clement St.) as well. Stand by for what this means (and if the original locations will stay as they are). Looks like I need to go get some baked barbecue pork buns and find out. Heh. 124 and 126 Clement St. at 2nd Ave., 415-668-9481.

Incoming! Castro Biscuit mentions this Thursday August 1st is the day we’ll learn if Les Natali gets approval from the city to finally reopen ~THE PATIO~—the Bay Area Reporter released the news months back that Natali didn’t have the necessary permit for an addition that flanks the sidewalk (it was formerly a retail space) and needed to get approval on a conditional use permit. We’ll see soon enough if the classic brunch space (which has been closed since 1999) will be one step closer to reopening. 531 Castro St. at 18th St.