3/27/2013 03:09:00 PM

Charles Phan to Close Wo Hing General Store This Sunday

Ruh roh. Looks like that high-end Chinese food revival that we were all hearing about is not really panning out. As you call, the granddaddy of white-tablecloth Chinese - aka Tommy Toy’s Chinoise –decided to throw in the towel at the end of this month, the contemporary Shanghai in the Castro gave up the ghost after only five months, and now news come that Slanted Door impresario Charles Phan plans to shutter Wo Hing General Store, his year and half-old upscale Chinese street food and cocktail lair after this weekend. Wo Hing, Phan’s homage to his family and his Chinese heritage, never quite succeeded in the trendy Valencia space where he originally struck gold back in the ‘90s where he opened the original Slanted Door. Wo Hing General Store was heralded as Phan’s rightful return to the ‘hood. According the Inside Scoop, it’s unclear whether Phan is going to hold on to the Valencia St location, which he’s owned for decades or sell it, or where Wo Hing’s executive chef Michelle Mah is headed.  Wing Ho’s last day will be Sunday.

With Wo Hing closing and Phan’s sister act Heaven’s Dog still dark after a flood last year, the success of the hipster Chinese small-plates-and-cocktail bar now rests on the shoulders of Alex Ong at Hutong. Ironically, these days Phan is finding success with an entirely new cuisine at his two new Southern-inspired newcomers Hard Water on the Embarcadero and South at the new SF Jazz Center.


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