Urban Picnic, the casual-but-hip pho and banh mi joint that has a pair of popular downtown locations, went further afield last July when it opened an outpost in the Castro, complete with brunch. But after only eight months, this Urban Picnic is getting rained out—it's set to close, with its final day as this Sunday, February 15.
Castro Vietnamese-food fans shouldn't fear, however, as owner Trang Nguyen is holding onto the space and transforming it into a new concept, Mekong Kitchen, which will offer both traditional and modern Vietnamese fare in heartier portions. The restaurant will undergo a quick interior and menu refresh, with plans to reopen under its new banner in early March. It'll be the third Vietnamese concept to make a go in the space: Urban Picnic was preceded by Zadin, a restaurant from different owners that shuttered in December 2013.