5/04/2012 04:57:00 PM

From Old to New: 4 Restaurant Transformations In San Francisco

Say sayonara to Silks, hello to Brasserie S&P
The spring restaurant opening season is upon us. But to paraphrase the old adage, for one door to open, another must closed. Here’s a quick round-up of recent closures and a peek at what’s going to replace them.

Prime Rib Shabu - Cajun House: Luke Sung (formerly of Isa) has shuttered his shabu-shabu shop Prime Rib Shabu out in the Inner Richmond. According to The Richmond SF Blog, the former Japanese spot will be replaced by Cajun House, an Asian-Louisiana mash-up specializing in crawfish, oysters and crab. The owners are no strangers to crawfish - they were originally behind the Asian-Cajun Craw Station in the Sunset. Cajun House is expected to open any day now (308 Fifth Ave.).

Paul K - RichTable: The Mediterranean-inflected Hayes Valley pre-theater stalwart Paul K (anyone remember the eccentric waiter who used to recite the menu like it he was reading a porn script?), served its last meal as scheduled. This clears the way for the foodie power couple Evan and Sara Rich (Chefs’ Night Off) to get cracking on their new concept Rich Table, an approachable New American eatery with a full bar. No word on an opening date (199 Gough St.).

EOS - Papazote (working name): Cole Valley’s 15-year Asian-fusion pioneer Eos closed its doors back in February and its replacement, a sit-down Mexican restaurant from Mamacita crew, is en route, though not under its originally floated name. Apparently, according to Eater SF, the initially proposed named Papazote sounds a mite too similar to Papalote. The new restaurant, which will be overseen by Mamacita chefs, will include made-to-order tortillas via a tortilleria (like the kind at Nopalito), but there’s talk of the keeping EOS’s famed mushroom dumplings on the menu as an homage to the former restaurant’s salad days. Also in keeping with the corner spot’s reputation as a drinking destination, the group, which managed to snag a liquor license, plans to unleash a robust bar program that includes margaritas and other tequila drinks. The projected opening for the Mexican spot is late summer/early fall (901 Cole St.).

Silks - Brasserie S& P: It hasn’t closed yet, but the Mandarin Oriental’s 25-year-old gentile high-end Cal-Asian flagship Silks will wind down service on May 12 to make way for a more casual California brasserie. Such is the trend in hotel dining these days. S&P, which stands for the restaurants cross streets Sansome and Pine (how helpful!), will featured a less-expensive menu headed up by Adam Mali (formerly of Nick’s Cove and Gary Danko - expect oysters!). The newly designed S&P will be located on the first floor of the hotel (not the second where Silks currently occupies), and in a bid to be more hip, a bar manager Priscilla Young will unveil a new cocktail program that will include a section entirely dedicated to gin-and-tonics. Hotel peeps tell us they estimate a quick turn around, with a mid-month reopening (222 Sansome St.).


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