I have some quick notes about some exciting upcoming openings for you, starting with the great news that Tracy Goh of @eatwithtracy— known for her Malaysian pop-ups and amazing laksa suppers (since 2013!) and cooking classes—has found a brick-and-mortar location to open her restaurant, DAMANSARA. Since I’m a restaurant P.I., I figured out from her post that she’s opening in the former Ardiana (previously La Nebbia, La Ciccia’s wine bar) in Noe Valley—what a perfect neighborhood location (love that bar!). Stand by for updates soon, she’s targeting to open this year but is keeping things quiet for now. She is a La Cocina entrepreneur, so it’s good to know she’ll be getting some seasoned support for her opening. 1781 Church St. at 30th St.
It looks like Ju-Ni’s HANDROLL PROJECT opening in the Mission in the former AL’s Deli is very close, take a look at this interior pic here. Will the corner location’s curse finally be reversed? Here’s hoping they’re smudging the place daily. Partner Tan Truong and chef Geoffrey Lee will be releasing the temaki soon, stand by for details. (And happy sixth birthday to Ju-Ni.) 598 Guerrero St. at 18th St.
Fans of CHUY’S FIESTAS in the Mission (and their awesome party patio) are opening a taqueria in Lower Nob Hill! The banner on the storefront announces tacos, quesabirrias, burritos, quesadillas, and more. They plan to open the second week of March. 710 Post St. at Jones.
Congrats to chef-owner Jose Calvo Perez of SF Peruvian stalwart Fresca, Pasion, Puerto 27, and his Lomo Libre truck, who is going to be opening a brick-and-mortar LOMO LIBRE in the former Taco Shop at Underdogs space in the Sunset. Bring on the lomo saltado and agave spirits. 1824 Irving St. at 19th Ave. [Via Eater]
And our Detroit-style pizza innovators Danny Stoller and Marc Schechter of SQUARE PIE GUYS are opening a location this summer in the former Pub at Ghirardelli Square, with cocktails (similar to their Oakland location), outdoor seating, and a nice waterfront view. 851 Beach St. at Larkin. [Via Eater]
AARNA, a “Nepali-Indian-American fusion restaurant” is opening in the former El Coreano/Buttermilk Southern Kitchen location in the Mission, offering “momos, fusion dishes, like Indian burritos and omelet parathas, and some classic American fare, like burgers and sandwiches.” It’s from Raj Gotame (with additional partners, including chef Kashi Kandel), and is due to open early March for lunch, dinner, and brunch. 2848 23rd St. at Bryant. [Via Mission Local]
Mission Local also reported that Jalal Heydari of the much-adored LIMONCELLO sandwich shop in Pacific Heights is partnering with his wife, Rozita Shaker, to transform her Zita Wine Bar in the Mission into another Limoncello, but with wine (and pizza)! After Lucca Ravioli closed, the neighborhood definitely needed a spot for Italian-style sandwiches. They’re targeting a March 15th opening, and will be kindly giving the community 120 free sandwiches on the first two days of business, with another 120 free sandwiches going to SF General Hospital employees on day three. So big-hearted. Keep track on their Instagram account. 2862 24th St. at Bryant.
Malaysian laksa lemak by Tracy Goh of the upcoming Damansara.. Instagram photo via @eatwithtracy.