Restaurant Scene: May 2021

Ramen turnover:  After 10 years, Shalala closed in October at the Dana/Hope corner, citing the pandemic.  Soon after which, Afuri Ramen + Dumpling, a chain from Japan named for a mountain there, opened for takeout and delivery at 124 Castro, former site of Crawfish Bros., Chop & Pub, and other restaurants.

3 Kingdoms Hot Pot opened at 134 Castro (formerly Han Gen restaurant).

Savvy Cellar, the wine bar/dealer in the “train-station” building (750 W. Evelyn at Castro), reopened under new owners, offering wines, beers, and snack foods.

After a protracted remodeling process, in March Ludwig’s German Table opened, 383 Castro at California, an expansion from the popular original in San José.

Rootstock Wine Bar recently opened at 331 Castro, formerly Le Plonc (another pandemic casualty).

Venerable Frankie, Johnnie & Luigi Too earlier announced plans (see following link) to remodel its 939 W. ECR property into a different restaurant concept with housing above.  Reportedly the current restaurant will close at the end of May.

Pending:  Nick the Greek, 298 Castro (last occupied by Rocket Fizz);  Yifang Boba Shop at 143 Castro.

About Max Hauser

Resident with acknowledged food obsession, active in Bay Area food and wine organizations 30 years. Dining in downtown MV regularly for 20 years and occasionally for 10 years before that.
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