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A Statement from Michael Mina/the Mina Group

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Keeping you up on the latest in the Mina developments, we reveal this statement from the Mina Group, just in over the wire from Erin Hunt, publicist for Michael Mina:

- The Mina Group will take over the lease at 252 California Street on May 1. No decisions have yet been made regarding a finalized concept, name, or timing of opening.
- Although the Mina Group will take over the new location, the plan is to continue to operate restaurants at both locations; its flagship venue at the Westin St Francis and the 252 California Street.
We have every intention of operating restaurants at both addresses,” stated Chef Michael Mina. “Having both locations gives us the opportunity to consider a range of creative options to better accommodate our guests and dining trends in San Francisco.”

This is just a different version of what Inside Scoop reported yesterday, and doesn't exactly line up with testimonials here, here, and here. But closure of both Michael Mina and Aqua in a month's time or longer would fit all above accounts. And it's no secret that fine dining concepts like these are currently hurting, as tacos, burgers, and pizza continue to take over the metropolis. Sit tight as the story develops. Or give some love to that every-ready tipline. [EaterWire]

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