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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Lunch Geek Relocates Across the Street

Posted By on Tue, Mar 1, 2011 at 11:53 AM

click to enlarge Lunch Geek has left the building (and moved to smaller digs). - JONATHAN KAUFFMAN
  • Jonathan Kauffman
  • Lunch Geek has left the building (and moved to smaller digs).

Yesterday, SFoodie was walking down a block of Market Street we rarely hit when we noticed brown paper wrapping on the windows of Lunch Geek, one of our favorite sources for creative Asian-inflected sandwiches. Looks like Phillip Ma (who also owns the nearby Ma*Velous) and his wife, Lean, have moved down a block and across the street, into the former Cafico Cafe. But the signs there haven't changed.

click to enlarge Will the Taiwanese meatball sandwich come back soon? We hope.
  • Will the Taiwanese meatball sandwich come back soon? We hope.

Lean says that the 8-month-old Lunch Geek took over Cafico's

business a few weeks ago ― the new location sees more foot traffic, she

says, and has more space ― and has been serving Cafico's menu

while the owners complete a few renovations and get ready to relaunch. Or, at least, that was the plan until

their loyal customers got impatient.

"We're in the process of

rebranding, but as soon as we entered [Cafico], a lot of old customers

came by and asked when we would open." The couple introduced Lunch

Geek's basic menu (all-American sandwiches with good ingredients) for

the moment. "But we don't have our kitchen experiments as of yet," she

continues, referring to the cafe's name for its specials. "We have to do

a little more electrical work to get the ovens going. Basically, we

opened a little sooner than we expected."

The other Lunch Geek

feature still in limbo is its Barefoot Coffee pourover service. Since Ma*Velous, which opened this fall, is now just a block away, that's not as big of a loss as

it might have been. The Mas expect the full

rebranding-relocation-refurbishing process to be complete in a few more


Lunch Geek: 1475 Market (at 11th St.), 626-8888.

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