[Photo: Kevin Y./Yelp]
The popularity of tiny, 13-year-old Bernal Heights darling Emmy's Spaghetti Shack has long made for a cramped space and at times arduous waits. So owner Emily Kaplan has a plan: she'll be moving the bulk of the Shack up the street, to a new location at 3230 Mission Street.
The address is the current location of El Zocalo, the longstanding pupusa spot that's sustained late-night eaters since it was opened by current owner Victoria Reve's mother back in 1965. The timing of the change is fortuitous for both Kaplan and Reve, who is ready to retire after running the restaurant since the 1970s and happy to pass it on to another local business owner.
Kaplan tells us that the new location is slated to open in November, but the old location at 18 Virginia Avenue won't be closing "so much as becoming an annex to our new home until we decide on a new concept." Once open, the larger Emmy's will continue to serve their classic menu along with a more extensive wine offering, later hours, and a bigger and better to-go menu.