Restaurant Scene: November 2019

Crawfish Bros. Cajun and Seafood is the new, more focused incarnation of Chop&Pub (124 Castro).  Same owners, but a new menu emphasizing shellfish of many kinds.  More info: 

Work proceeds at 383 Castro for the popular Ludwig’s German Table to expand from San José, despite long delays attributed by Ludwig’s owners to surprise requirements from the City.  Elena Kadavny wrote about it in the Sept.-27 MV Voice (“Ready, Set, Delay”).  The property’s owners have also listed the site for sale.  Note that (contrary to some perceptions) a sale need not affect a restaurant tenant.  Especially at that location, which has unusual constraints on redevelopment; and even if a redevelopment were eventually proposed, it would be years in the future.

Teaspoon departed the front portion of Mervyn’s, 236 Castro, after a window notice warned patrons of temporary closure in November during renovation at a planned new 134-Castro site down the street (formerly Han Gen Szechuan).  At which vigorous work is currently underway inside, while the old marquee still, as of tonight, displays a banner from earlier this year: “3 Kingdoms Classic Hot Pot coming soon!”

Umai Sushi Bar “by Mervyns” replaced Teaspoon at 236 Castro, and is currently in “soft-opening” mode.

Approved improvements at the currently vacant 301 Castro storefront (former home of Books Inc.) include a café tenant, originally identified as a Joe & The Juice location, but a specific tenant has not yet applied for permits, according to City staff.

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