11/02/2012 04:43:00 PM

Hard Water Indeed: Charles Phan and His Vexing Water Woes

What’s up with Charles Phan and his water feng shui?  By now, we’re accustomed to reading about the rest of the country dealing with Sandy-related flood damage, but who would have thought that the Slanted Door empire impresario would be dealing with another flood on his hands?

Water has been a big theme of late for Charles Phan, as it was just announced that his forthcoming New Orleans-inspired whiskey-focused restaurant on Pier 3 (slated for December) would be named Hard Water, as an homage to the type of water preferred when distilling whiskey. Phan was also in the news this week for his involvement in another winter project -  a bar and restaurant at the new SF Jazz Center in Hayes Valley slated to open in January 2013. That name and concept is still TBD.

Now news breaks that Phan’s cocktail-slinging Chinese boite Heaven’s Dog and the first floor lobby of its parent building the SoMA Grand has suffered flood damage due to a pipe back up and will be closed for another week or so, with a goal of reopening November 9.

This isn’t the first flood to sideline Phan. His Westfield Centre outpost of Out the Door closed twice due to internal water damage. In fact, that outpost has remained closed since September 2011. (Note: Out the Door's Ferry Building kiosk and it's full-service, sit-down Upper Fillmore sibling at 2232 Bush St. remains open.)

Surely there must be some feng shui remedy for all this bad-water hex right?

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