Open/Shut Report: Damn, Not Show Dogs!

And Machine Coffee and the original Lori's Diner, too? Damn.


Show Dogs and Machine Coffee & Deli (1020-1024 Market St.) A sign on the door and papered-over windows reveal that Show Dogs, the sausage-and-hot-dog eatery on the corner of Market, Golden Gate, and Taylor, has suddenly closed. Ditto for Machine Coffee next door, as the building is being sold. The sign stays “stay tuned,” so we’ll just see.

Tender Loving Food (393 Eddy St.) The Burmese joint lasted less than a year, but that’s because owner William Lue is redirecting his attention to a banquet-style Burmese restaurant around the block, at 448 Larkin. Hoodline reports that that project, called Laphet, should open in a few weeks.

Lori’s Diner (336 Mason St.). A few years after the nearby Powell Street location closed, the 32-year-old original Lori’s Diner will shutter on Jan. 2, Hoodline reports. That leaves three others: another Union Square location on Sutter, one by Ghirardelli Square, and one at SFO.


Khai (655 Townsend) Back from a sojourn in Vietnam following the closure of Ana Mandara, Eater reports that chef Khai Duong has opened Khai, a pop-up of sorts that takes over Bonjour Patisserie in SoMa during the noctural hours to serve a 10-course, $95 Vietnamese tasting menu.

Black Jet Bakery (833 Cortland Ave.) In the space that was formerly Pinkie’s comes Black Jet Bakery, which has been around for at least six years. Inside Scoop reports that although the seating-free location has been rough on the two previous bakery occupants, owner Gillian Shaw is pumped.

Contrada (2136 Union St.) Inside Scoop reports that the Marina spot formerly occupied by La Cucina will become Contrada as of Jan. 4, serving rustic Italian food under Chef Jason Tuley (formerly of Parlour, TBD, the Redwood Room and other places).

Sunday Bird (inside Boba Guys’ Boba Lab, 1522 Fillmore). Eater reports that NYC Korean superstar Deuki Hong will open up Sunday Bird as part of the Boba Guys’ rotating, back-of-the-house pop-up series, Boba Lab. It’s merely a steppingstone for Hong, who plans to open his own Korean restaurant with a fermentation lab(!) elsewhere on Fillmore before the end of 2017.

Phlox Commons (1075 Sutter St., inside the Hotel Carlton). Ryan Olson managed the prior restaurant in the Carlton, Saha, for 10 years. Now he’s opened Phlox Commons, a breakfast, lunch, and dinner spot with late weekend nights, serving things like gravlax ceviche, ravioli delicata, and Mt. Tam cheese bread.

Project Juice (506 Castro St.) The latest location of PRoject Juice opens Saturday, Jan. 14, with free juice for the first 100 people and plenty of prizes and other giveaways. Additionally, 100 percent of the proceeds for the entire day will go to the Pink Triangle Park & Memorial for LGBT Americans.

Woods Outbound (4045 Judah St.) The fifth location of the growing Woods Beer brewery and brewpub chain will open on Thursday, Jan. 5 in the Sunset, with six beers on tap and a “Crowler” system to package cans for take-away.

Open and Changing It Up

Bissap Baobab (3388 19th St.) Hoodline reports that Marco Senghor’s veteran Senegalese restaurant and dance club is adding chefs, rolling out new menus with an African-style burrito or empanada called a “taxi bush,” and debuting lunch next door in Little Baobab, weekdays from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Slider’s (449 Castro St.) Because the landlord for Slider’s Diner and the former Eureka! Cafe next door wants to combine the two space into one, larger restaurant, the current owner is selling. Hoodline reports that that may or may not mean a new name and concept for the 20-year-old establishment.


Nellie’s Soul Food (360 Adeline St., Oakland). The EBX reports that six months after Nellie Ozen shuttered the original Nellie’s Soul Food, she has reopened around the corner inside JK’s Brickhouse, as a permanent pop-up.


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