After six months of being closed for remodeling, I’m happy to report ~FIVE HAPPINESS~ has reopened. (Every time I’d drive by, I was looking to see if they were open yet.) The Shanghainese/Taiwanese restaurant has been open since 1975, and genial owner Bill Yang says they’re happy to be back. Fans of their hot soy milk and doughnuts on the weekend should be pleased. Look for some new dishes on their banquet menus too. 4142 Geary Blvd. at 6th Ave., 415-387-1234.
And here’s more news from MARLA BAKERY: after their Valentine’s Day dinner service this February 14th (which is kind of an awesome menu for just $50), they will be temporarily shelving dinner service. Newly hired chef de cuisine Duncan Holmes is leaving SF. Taking the place of dinner service will be some upcoming pop-ups, including Workshop from Rachel Sillcocks (Range) and Kristina Compton (Range), the next one is Monday February 23rd. And Amy and Joe are going to be busy with their new baby, who is expected to arrive in June (congrats!). One more item of note: Saturday brunch is coming on February 28th, heehaw! 3619 Balboa St. at 37th Ave., 415-742-4379.
Tea-smoked duck from Five Happiness. Yelp photo by Kevin W.