It’s closed, it’s open, oh wait, it’s closed again. And the former ~NOJO~ in Hayes Valley has opened once again, this time as NOJO RAMEN TAVERN, although original chef-owner Greg Dunmore is no longer involved with the project, so the menu is different.Hoodline mentions the focus is on five kinds of ramen made with a rich chicken broth (paitan ramen), and small dishes like gyoza and cucumber with spicy miso are available. Pictured here is their spicy chicken soboro tossed noodles, a soupless ramen. There’s also an extensive menu of beers, plus sake, soju, and wine. Hours are Wed-Sat 5pm-11pm and Sun 11:30am-7pm. 231 Franklin St. at Hayes, 415-896-4587.
This makes for a nice segue, since Nojo’s Greg Dunmore used to work over at AME at The St. Regis San Francisco in SoMa. Lissa Doumani and Hiro Sone will be closing the restaurant at the end of February. Taking its place will be a pop-up concept—The Grill—for eight weeks, starting March 1st, under the direction of St. Regis San Francisco’s executive chef Franck Desplechin. A new concept will be unveiled later; stand by for updates. 125 3rd St. at Mission, 415-284-4040.
And Michael Mina is closing ~BOURBON STEAK~ at the end of March. Eater reports the lease was up, and Mina is looking for a new location—the restaurant opened in 2010. It looks like the restaurant’s brand-new chef Thomas Griese will be staying with the group (he was previously working for Mina in Miami), and it’s worth noting the bar Clock Bar will remain open.
Nojo Ramen’s spicy chicken soboro tossed noodles. Photo via Facebook.