September 20, 2021

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Namu Stonepot closes its Divisadero location; team set to open unnamed

Namu Stonepot (553 Divisadero) is no for a longer period serving its loco moco bowls and stonepot rice from the Divisadero area where by it’s lived considering that 2017. Chef-owner Dennis Lee announced the closure on Instagram on Sunday, stating that that would be restaurant’s final day. Namu Stonepot remains open for takeout, dine-in, and shipping and delivery in the former Namu Gaji area catty-corner from Dolores Park on 18th Street, even so. And the group has a new restaurant/beer corridor on the way any working day now in SoMa.

“We’re so appreciative of the supportive group we’ve been ready to be a part of the past couple of yrs,” Lee writes. “Our timing has been cut brief of the four-12 months mark, but so substantially has took place in our time with becoming capable to feed our local community via food items and discussion. We glance forward to the new interesting improvements that are in shop, and we hope you’ll proceed to adhere to us alongside our journey with the Namu Family members!⁠”

 

Namu Stonepot was a spinoff of Namu Gaji, which alone was a spinoff by Lee and his brothers from their authentic Richmond cafe Namu, that opened over a ten years back and set Korean tacos on the map in SF. A signature dish of stonepot rice grew to become the basis for the quickly-informal thought, and as the SF scene has advanced to embrace a lot more of these speedy-support dining places, Namu Gaji ceased to be a a lot more official sit-down affair before the pandemic. The cafe had been forced to close for an earthquake retrofit in early 2019, ⁠and by July of the that 12 months, the Brothers Lee introduced they were using in excess of the previous Perennial house on 9th Avenue, adjacent to mid-Market place.

That challenge is even now in the operates, but it is developed into a lot more of a food stuff hall that brings together each Namu Stonepot’s foods, and a new fusion-y pizza notion that was born for the duration of the pandemic. As Eater described in December, Sunset Squares began as a form of pleasant secret, dependent entirely on Instagram with DM’d orders and payments on Venmo, with focaccias, deconstructed salads, and mouth watering Detroit-fashion pizzas with toppings like ma po tofu, bulgogi, and kimchi. Lee originally refused to discover himself as the expertise driving it all, but then Sunset Squares released on Tock and DoorDash, and he had to come cleanse.

 

The 9th Street place, the identify of which has not been introduced, will be a combo of Namu Stonepot and Sunset Squares, together with Filipino pop-up Uncle Tito, and a lot of area beers on faucet. The crew would like it to have a beer-hall / street foods vibe, and it was stated to be “months” absent from opening in late April. 

As Dennis Lee explained to the Chronicle in April, “It is normally enjoyable when individuals can go someplace where by you can have economical beer and wine and get off several menus, almost like a road foods truck [market].” And, he included, about the demise of Namu Gaji, “Working a full-support cafe is extremely challenging as is. With all of the delays and new troubles introduced on in the course of the initial two shelter-in-area orders and uncertainty of the coming 12 months, we experienced to make the difficult conclusion to end that organization.”

Lee also suggests that he’s in the long run organizing to open extra Sunset Squares “slice retailers” at other places about the town.

But given how nimble the Lees have been with their pivots in the earlier, who is aware what will arrive upcoming.