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Monday, April 19, 2010

Future of Mission Street Food in Flux

Posted By on Mon, Apr 19, 2010 at 4:15 PM

click to enlarge Anthony Myint. - JESSE FRIEDMAN/FLICKR
Mission Street Food founder Anthony Myint is uncertain about the future of the twice-weekly pop-up featuring guest chefs, and which donates proceeds to charity. "Nothing is firm yet," Myint said by e-mail, referring to the future of the project that began in a taco truck, and since then has put Lung Shan restaurant on the map. Last month, Myint announced plans to launch a full-time restaurant with chef Jason Fox called Commonwealth, expected to open later this summer. "It is pretty likely we'd cut back MSF to one night a week, or just change around the core business model," Myint said.

While the success of Mission Street Food depends on a stable of guest chefs with the power to draw diners, Myint suggested much of the uncertainty has to do with the future of his collaborator, Danny Bowien. (Myint and Bowien's Thursday night homage series explores the cuisine of global culinary superstars, something that avoids the need for marquee talent.) Bowien has plans to be married in South Korea in June ― both Mission Street Food and Mission Burger will close for at least part of the month, after which, Myint said, he'll make some firm decisions.

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