Namu Stonepot, the newest project from the brothers behind Namu Gaji, will open its doors on Divisadero on July 27. The restaurant is fast casual, and features a menu inspired by the much-loved stonepot rice at Namu Gaji that will be served late into the night.
At the new restaurant, the Lee brothers — David, Dennis, and Daniel — have created a natural extension of their California Asian cuisine, with dishes like kimchee stew served in a stonepot, mochiko fried chicken (a Japanese version made using gluten-free rice flour for maximum crispiness), and Tokyo-style ramen. There’ll also be a daily poke, reports Tablehopper, as well as Namu favorites like Korean tacos and, of course, the original stonepot rice dish with options to add bulgogi beef, marinated chicken thigh, or the aforementioned poke.
Takeout is a big consideration at the 22-seat location, with a special takeout window to speed things along, and delivery available through Caviar and Postmates at launch. “It’s sort of like a deli, but our way,” David told Eater SF when the restaurant was announced last summer.
Beverage options have been curated by Trac Le, Bi-Rite’s lead alcohol buyer, who has put together a draft list of local beers, and super drinkable wines and sakes by the carafe. The inside of the former cheesesteak restaurant has been transformed by Brian Ford, the creative force behind the original Namu Gaji.
At opening, hours will be Tuesday through Sunday from 11:30 a.m.- 1 a.m., with breakfast in the works. Stay tuned for more details on the space closer to opening.