There are some exciting new projects coming soon, starting with the revelation of what is going into the former Thai Stick on Fillmore: it’s going to be NOOSH from Laura and Sayat Ozyilmaz, who have made quite a name for themselves with their Istanbul Modern pop-up series on Feastly. For this brick and mortar, they’re partnering with John Litz, formerly a partner in Lazy Bear, who secured the location and approached them after trying their food.
They have a fine dining background (working in East Coast Michelin-starred restaurants like Eleven Madison Park and Le Bernardin) and are steeped in technique (in addition to their pop-ups, she has worked at Saison and he has been at Mourad), but will be keeping things casual for this location. (Read: no tweezer food.) Look for Turkish flavors, in addition to inspiration from Israel, Greece, and Armenia, and housemade pita bread and more. Eater reports it’s due to open at the end of the year. And there’s full liquor, so stand by. 2001 Fillmore St. at Pine.
Over in Dogpatch, Rebecca Fineman (the world’s 25th female Master Sommelier) and husband Chris Gaither (Octavia, Gary Danko) are opening UNGRAFTED, a wine-centric restaurant and retail shop by early fall. Eater writes High Treason’s John Vuong is also involved. Look for street food-inspired small plates and pairings that play with high-low—more on this as it develops (and they hire a chef). Beer, wine, sake, nonalcoholic options, and education will also play a part. 2419 3rd St. at 22nd St.
The Chronicle reports Chris Yeo (Straits Restaurant, Sino) and his family (fourth-generation San Franciscans) will be taking over the historic Cathay House in Chinatown, which closed earlier this year. The massive space dates back to 1939, and has an extensive history. Building owner Betty Louie envisioned a similar revitalization scenario to what she inspired at the former Four Seas, with Brandon Jew transforming it into the glamorous Mister Jiu’s.
The plan is to have two restaurants on three of the four floors: CATHAY HOUSE upstairs (offering Cantonese cuisine, dim sum on carts, and a full bar), and 601 DUPONT on the ground floor (Dupont was Grant Street’s original name)—it will be a fast-casual concept (Cantonese roast pork, rotisserie chicken, chicken rice), which will open first. Charles Doell of Mister Important Design (Gibson, Gitane) is behind the remodel and design; look for a retro 1940s Chinatown style, bringing the exterior pagoda style within. I’ll keep checking in on this one. 718 California St. at Grant.
A couple of months ago, a tablehopper reader tipped me off that the folks behind Ju-Ni were planning something in the former Stelladoro pizza shop. I didn’t get a reply from owner Tan Truong, but it ends up the rumor was true. Along with Ju-Ni’s chef Geoffrey Lee, Eater reports they’re partnering with chef-owner Tommy Cleary to open a new location of his HINA YAKITORI, previously located in Temescal (he also spent two years at Ippuku). The 14-seat yakitori restaurant will offer a 16-course menu, featuring an Emmer & Co. half chicken that gets broken down into various cuts and prepared for each guest—all grilled on binchotan charcoal (not the easiest permit to secure in this city). Will keep you posted on the opening, it has been quite the construction scene. 808 Divisadero St. at Fulton.
And it looks like there is a new business taking over the classic-style hofbrau GEORGE’S BBQ on 24th Street in the Mission (named for George Prokopos, who was at Pete’s Barbecue in the Mission for 24 years before opening his own place in 2008). The new business is THE STORY OF RAMEN, and they will open for weekday lunch with traditional ramen items such as lekei (Yokohama-style) tonkotsu, vegan broth, as well as some Latin-fusion ramen broth items. For weekday evenings and weekends, their restaurant accepts advanced reservations for their educational and interactive ramen experience, when diners participate in making noodles and learning more about ramen and the broth. They plan to open around late July/early August, pending some minor renovation work and health department sign-off. 3231 24th St. at Mission.
Photo via Noosh’s Facebook.