Holy nuts, a lot of changes on the east/north end of castro street.
1. Hunan Chili, which I last had lunch at a decade ago, closed. Not sure what's coming in its place.
2. Asian Box came in on the other side of Xahn. It has a lot of the freshness of Xahn - same people? - and take out from there is in the weekly rotation at work now. Same problem with Xahn - low on "taste" - but the freshness and health factor is a plus.
3. KPop - slick korean. A whole page for KFC, not BBQ specialists but they have that on the menu too. Korean Tacos. Big screen for late night ktv? Haven't tasted yet.
4. The Workshop, the aweful burger joint with an outpost in PA, looks about to open.
5. The cafe/bakery right by the train station, Netto, which was always peculiar because they looked like a healthy bakery but had a greasy spoon short order grill, has changed to Olympus, focusing on greek. I suspect it's just a makeover with the same guy, and they're bringing out their regional specialties.
6. Mamaya - this looked from the sign like "Ma Maya", a mexican joint, but yelp says it's actually Mamaya, listed as japanese tea.
7. La Fontaine - I think this actually opened a few months ago, the rebrand of whatever the previous italian place is, and it's been mentioned here. 5 stars on yelp is suspicious.
8. Azteca - where King of Krung Siam was - mexican joint, slightly upscale just saw the sign
For a one-block slice, that's a lot of turnover. We were enjoying the late night dimsum specials at Fu Lam Mum, which was hopping at 9:30, and its usual self.
Bushido, Hangen, PastaQ, Shabuway, Amarin, the two HK places, are all hanging in there as per normal.