JapaCurry Lands New Spots Downtown, Reaches Compromise on Mission St.

After a few negotiating sessions with the Police Department's permits officer, JapaCurry owner Jay Hamada thinks he's found a solution to his location woes Downtown.

Hamada tells SFoodie one of his new locations is 420 Howard, at Fremont, where the 51st State truck sets up Mondays and Fridays. JapaCurry now has a permit to operate there at lunch Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Hamada says he plans to start Feb. 22. As for 620 Mission (at New Montgomery), where JapaCurry had been okayed to set up twice a week ― but where he'd slammed into a roadblock of resistance form nearby brick-and-mortar owners ― Hamada says he's allowed to show up one day per week, either Wednesday or Thursday, but not both.

Hamada calls that a “compromise” the Police Department brokered with restaurant owners in the area. As for the Second Street location near Harvest and Rowe, Hamada's permit has been voided.

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