Mifen101 has been operating lately in 841 Villa, replacing the short-lived Noodle King, which specialized in biangbiang noodles. Mifen101’s specialty is a different regional Chinese noodle type, mifen, made from rice, in various preparations.
After a year-plus of closure, Xanh reopened at 110 Castro in May, with limited and evolving hours (currently dinner only, Thurs-Sun). During the closure a new restaurant, Kobe Phở & Grill, formerly in Cupertino, opened, sharing the address.
Since June, Ava’s Market (340 Castro) has hosted a new concession where the popular HeyO Eats closed in the pandemic’s wake. Left Wing Bar features Korean Fried Chicken, a popular genre in recent years.
In late June at 698 W. Dana (the space vacated by Shalala in October), Bay Biryanis opened, offering a range of Biryani dishes and getting accolades from locals.
Pending at last word: Nick the Greek, 298 Castro (previously Rocket Fizz); Yifang Boba Shop at 143 Castro; Happy Lemon, 740 Villa (lately Tapioca Express).
Late news: 301 Castro at Dana. Ground floor of this building has been vacant since Books Inc. moved out some years back; early City information indicated a café tenant. Last week, architect Ken Rodrigues (who with partners owns the building) mentioned that a florist will be moving in, preparations now underway. (The partnership also is proposing a compact office building with ground-floor retail to replace the adjacent one at 747 W. Dana; Ken Rodrigues emphasized a wish to add general retail, rather than restaurant, tenants there too.)