The last time I ran into chef Dennis Lee of ~NAMU GAJI~ at an event, he alluded to a project that would be coming soon, one that would launch before Namu Noodle in Dogpatch. Now that the ABC license application has hit the wires, we learn that it’s going to be on Divisadero in the current Jay’s Cheesesteak! And with a name like NAMU STONEPOT, I know I’m not alone in getting excited about what that means (I love their bibimbap and okonomiyaki in a stone pot). Stand by for an update on concept and timing soon. 553 Divisadero St. at Hayes.
Meanwhile, out in Mission Bay, details have emerged on John Caine of Hidive’s plans are for the former Jelly’s, which will be called ATWATER TAVERN. Scoop notes that it will be a multilevel restaurant and bar, with outdoor seating and great views (and very close proximity to A&T Park and the upcoming Warriors stadium). The menu will be all about SF classic dishes (think cioppino) and meats off the wood-fired grill. Executive chef James Versfelt comes from Miami Beach, where he worked at Tony Mantuano’s Lorenzo. As for the name, ATwater refers to the old telephone number prefixes (like BUtterfield 8). They are aiming be open by the Giants’ opening day in the spring. 295 Terry Francois Blvd. at Pier 50.
Okonomiyaki in a stone pot at Namu Gaji. Photo: © tablehopper.com.