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Chinatown changes: Po Kee, Wonder Foods Bakery


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Chinatown changes: Po Kee, Wonder Foods Bakery

Xiao Yang | Aug 7, 2008 09:13 PM

I noticed today that construction is underway at Po Kee (Stockton at Vallejo), the restaurant that everybody likes to ignore, except when making a joke about "slow food." The plywood is up, and a month-long street use permit is in place, so it looks like a major renovation. No evidence yet of an ownership change.

Wonder Foods, the bakery next to Utopia Cafe has been taken over by the owners of a bakery on Taraval (not sure which one) and is getting the finishing touches of major facelift, emerging as "Blossom Bakery," with a more upscale look. It features fancy cakes (including wedding cakes) and espresso. I wondered what the attraction at Wonder Foods was, because it was always busy, but then I figured out it was full of people waiting for day work through the Chinese employment agency across the street or doing their laundry at the laundromat a couple of doors down.

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