Folks in Noe Valley are gonna be happy with the news that Brandon Jew of Mister Jiu’s and Ben Noore and Anmao Sun will be opening a second location of Inner Richmond’s MAMAHUHU in the former Toast on 24th Street location (vacant since 2019). Bring on the Chinese American dishes, like beef and broccoli, and their sweet and spicy chicken sandwich. The fast-casual format will continue. Noe Valley Voice reports they hope to open before the end of the year, maybe by November. 3991 24th St. at Noe.
Opening soon in the Inner Sunset is MIDNITE BAGEL, which is due to open its retail shop and café on Monday May 23rd (via Eater). Owner Nick Beitcher will be offering his whole-grain and very sourdough-bready bagels, some breakfast pastries (don’t forget: he was the former head baker at Tartine), and coffee service. Hours will be Mon-Fri 7:30am-4pm, Sat-Sun 8am-4pm. 646 Irving St. at 8th Ave.
Thanks to Castro man-on-the-street Michael Petrelis for tagging me in a tweet that announced CAFE FLORE is coming back (thank goodness) and new owner Serhat Zorlu, a “Turkish-German emigre” will be selling coffee at the storied location. Honestly, it’s one of those special, iconic spaces (since 1973!) that we just can’t afford to lose. Grateful for the fantastic news, look forward to being able to update this with more details soon. 2298 Market St. at Noe.
Here’s another great comeback story about HAMBURGER HAVEN (since 1968!), a beloved local diner that is reopening in the Inner Richmond. 800 Clement St. at 9th Ave. [Via SFGate]
Over at Ghirardelli Square, the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company is unveiling a newly redesigned flagship store on Friday May 20th as it celebrates its 170th anniversary. GHIRARDELLI’S CHOCOLATE EXPERIENCE STORE will showcase new chocolate offerings and experiences, with chocolatiers handcrafting chocolate bars on-site (a first for the brand) and their hot fudge. Guests can order from a full fountain menu, which, of course, features Ghirardelli’s World Famous Hot Fudge Sundae. And then there’s that beautiful view. The 5,000-square-foot space was reimagined by Bay Area design firm Eight Inc. (which designed the original Apple stores); they included tiles from Heath Ceramics, vintage advertising, and hand-painted murals. Hours are Sun-Thu 9am-10pm, Fri-Sat 9am-11pm.
One more coming soon item: Carrie and Rupert Blease of the recently launched TURNTABLE at Lord Stanley have announced the latest lineup: June will have the duo back in the kitchen serving fish and chips out of the to-go window, a full tasting menu, a four-course midweek menu, and Sunday Suppers in the dining room. Look for an extra-special menu on June 11th, celebrating Lord Stanley’s seventh anniversary!
July brings chef Daniel Burns (a Halifax Nova Scotia native) of Luksus in Brooklyn, known for his Michelin-starred restaurant, the first to only offer beer pairings (without any wine or spirits on the menu). August will have chef Melissa Martin of New Orleans’s famed Mosquito Supper Club will be taking up residence for the month, offering her “Gulf Coast-swamp-Cajun” cuisine. Reservations for July will become available at the end of May, and reservations for August will be available at the end of June.
Kung pao chicken at Mamahuhu. Photo: © tablehopper.com.