Big red food truck THE CHAIRMAN is opening a brick-and-mortar location, Eater reports. Way back in 2011, tablehopper reported that their new kitchen on Larkin Street would include a to-go counter, and now it looks like the plan has expanded. The space will offer about 15 counter seats, and the menu will include the signature bao buns, along with noodle dishes, rice bowls, and salads. Owner Curtis Lam is also hoping to add some outdoor seating and improve the currently run-down trees out front. The space will require a full build-out, with an opening targeted for this summer. In the meantime, you can still find the Chairman truck all over the place; follow on Twitter for updates. 670 Larkin St. at Ellis.
As reported on tablehopper in February, Southeast Asian restaurant LIME TREE has expanded from their original location on Irving to a second spot on Clement, in the former Singapore Malaysian space. The new location is now open, according to Eater. Look out for their Malaysian dishes, like laksa and beef rendang, in a brighter, more open space. Hours are Tue-Fri 11am-3pm and 5pm-9:30pm, Sat 12pm-9:30pm, and Sun 12pm-9pm. 836 Clement St. at 9th Ave., 415-831-8811.
The Mission’s BOBA GUYS are opening a new location in Union Square in June. The new location will offer their small-batch boba drinks made with loose-leaf tea and Straus milk, as well as an open exhibition lab in the back. The “Boba Lab” will offer demonstrations, seminars, and other events to share the process of making boba tea from scratch with the public. To raise funds they’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign; take a look. 429 Stockton St. at Bush.
A tipster wrote in to let us know that it looks like the Bayview brick-and-mortar and food truck SMOKIN’ WAREHOUSE BARBECUE is opening up a second brick-and-mortar location in Pacific Heights. An email confirms that they are indeed opening in the former Eunice’s Café space on Sacramento Street. The menu will be similar to the two other incarnations’ offerings, with both beef and pork ribs, brisket, sandwiches, and burgers. You can check out the truck’s menu here. Hours will be daily 9am-9pm, no word yet on an opening date. 3336 Sacramento St. at Presidio.
670 Larkin Street, the future home of The Chairman. Photo from Facebook.