Friday Six: Popson's Will Turn the Hapa Ramen Space into a Cajun Restaurant

Plus Daniel Patterson and Roy Choi's LocoL opens next week in Oakland, and new EPA safety thresholds mean water all over the country is suddenly no longer OK to drink.

[jump] Popson's Team Taking Over the Former Hapa Ramen/Citizen Fox
Well, that was fast. Right after opening the third location of Popson's at Market and Sixth, the peeps behind it have swooped into the vacant space left in the wake of the collapse of Citizen Fox. 2293 Mission Street, which housed the interim Citizen Fox pop-up — and Hapa Ramen before that — will become a Cajun restaurant. According to Eater, there will be Sazeracs and there will be po' boys, but not until the fall at least.

LocoL Opens in Uptown Oakland Wednesday
After opening in Watts earlier this year, Roy Choi and Daniel Patterson's nutritious, palindromic, fast food restaurant LocoL will make its Bay Area debut Wednesday, May 25 at 2214 Broadway in Oakland. Inside Scoop notes that the San Francisco location, while pushed back, is still in the works.

Grubstake's Railcar Is Toast, But the Restaurant Itself Will Live
Hoodline reports that the current owners of Grubstake Diner (1525 Pine) have decided to include the iconic red railcar in the new version of the restaurant once they demolish the site, erect a seven-story in its place, and re-install the restaurant on the ground floor. It's sad for fans, but as the owners point out, “The church is the people, not the walls.”

Waiting Tables, Waiting for Your Big Break
All actors were waiters at one point, right? This New York Times profile of server-thespians is pretty cute.

The Vegetarian Wins Man Booker International Prize

South Korean author Han Kang's three-part novel The Vegetarian, a tale about a woman whose shift to a meatless diet nearly destroys her life, has won the prestigious Man Booker International Prize. (Incidentally, Americans have been eligible to win the prize since last year.)

New Standards Mean Water in 18 States Is Suddenly Considered Unsafe
The good news about the EPA's decision to reduce the maximum allowable levels of two industrial chemicals in drinking water is that the agency is looking after public health. The bad news is that suddenly, water all over the country is now regarded as unsafe. According to The Intercept, PFOA and PFOS are linked to “testicular cancer, kidney cancer, thyroid disease, preeclampsia, ulcerative colitis and high cholesterol,” so the new level of .07 parts per billion will hopefully lower the incidences of all of those very unpleasant things. 

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