Monday, December 12, 2011

S.F.'s Namu continues street eats as first restaurant closes, second to open

Namu, a San Francisco restaurant with a Korean spin on California cuisine, will continue to serve its version of Korean tacos as well as its popular 감자 gamja fries from street venues after the initial restaurant closes later this month and as a different-format location is set to open elsewhere in the city early next year.

Namu still will be serving its famous gamja fries at the Ferry Building in San Francisco and street-food festival Off the Grid. (Tammy Quackenbush photo)

I learned of Namu's soon departure from the Inner Richmond district location on Nov. 30 via this tweet from public broadcaster KQED's BayAreaBites blog:
Namu is closing as Dennis Lee and co. ramp up Namu Gaji http://owl.li/7KvnB
I replied:
"@bayareabites: @NamuSF is closing as Dennis Lee and co. ramp up Namu Gaji http://owl.li/7KvnB" huh? No more gamja fries and Korean tacos?

On Dec. 10, Lee responded:
@Koreafornian @bayareabites Korean tacos & gamja fries available at street food stall that remains open while Namu closes & Gaji opens.
Until its final Inner Richmond opening on Christmas Eve, Namu will serve its unique style of California cuisine on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Namu Gaji is slated to open in February. Located in San Francisco's Mission district, it was supposed to be Namu's second restaurant, but a real estate dispute is blamed for the closure of the first location, according to media reports. The new restaurant reportedly will have more of an izakaya (Japanese bar/small bites restaurant) vibe.

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