The vagaries of the SF real-estate market are more than a little complex these days, as evidenced by the dual cases of Burmese Kitchen and To Hyang. The five-year-old Tenderloin Burmese spot and the six-year-old Richmond Korean restaurant both lost their leases in 2014: To Hyang shuttered in May after their landlord refused to extend, and Burmese Kitchen publically bemoaned "the changing nature of San Francisco" when it met the same fate last month. But obviously, To Hyang's landlord has had something of a change of heart (or just gotten sick of the vacancy), as Burmese Kitchen will be moving into its space.
Inside Scoop caught a website post about the move, in which the Lin family, BK's owners, say they're planning a "temporary pop-up in early 2015." However, they're also applying for a beer and wine license, which isn't usually the kind of effort or expense a mere pop-up would go to. Sadly, nothing has changed for To Hyang's Hwa-Soon Im, whose daughter said she was "devastated" to lose her space back in May. Despite televised endorsements from the likes of Anthony Bourdain, Chris Cosentino, and Andrew Zimmern, To Hyang has yet to announce a new home.