Five-month-old Shanghai in the Castro closed on Jan. 15, making it the fourth concept to shutter in 2029 Market St. during a three year span. The building's owner, Francis Tsai, a 83-year-old Shanghai native, came out of retirement to open the restaurant and revive the failed space in August with friend and former Shanghai 1930 chef Leo Gan. But despite his efforts to revamp the place with a renovation and updated Shanghai cuisine, a Yelp review dating just before the restaurant's close suggests attendance may have been low, citing that the wait staff tried to "keep busy by wiping plates that have presumably collected dust from the lack of use at their settings."
Tsai has left no explanation for the shutter, only a note on the door thanking its customers for their "past support and patronage." No concepts have been slated for the space, but if you have tips send them to email@example.com.
— Ashley Mason
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