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Michelin-Starred AL’s Place Will Expand With a Casual Deli

In the former home of Yuzuki, which is closing this month

AL’s Place Patricia Chang

Vegetable-focused but omnivorous restaurant AL’s Place is still bumping four years after taking first place in Bon Appétit’s top ten best new restaurants list for 2015, and now it’s expanding with a new, more casual venture, AL’s Deli. According to the Chronicle, the quicker service offshoot off dinner-only AL’s Place will serve sandwiches and more at 598 Guerrero Street (at 18th Street), a prime Mission District location not far from AL’s and just across the street from the original Tartine Bakery.

That new location is also the soon-to-be former home of beloved Japanese restaurant Yuzuki. A Michelin bib gourmand recipient known for homemade tofu and Japanese comfort foods, Yuzuki announced it would close sometime this month after its eight-year run.

Aaron London, chef/owner of AL’s (and, with his initials, the restaurant’s namesake) confirmed the plans for AL’s Deli to Eater SF. But it’s still too soon for many more details, he wrote.

Originally from Sonoma County, London told the Chronicle his inspiration for AL’s Deli will come from New York and Montreal, but it won’t stop there. The chef rose to acclaim at Michelin-starred Vegetarian restaurant Ubuntu in Napa (now closed), where he became executive chef after the departure of Jeremey Fox (who went on to open LA’s Rustic Canyon).

At AL’s, London continued his focus on vegetables. The restaurant sources them from Blue Dane Garden in Grass Valley for dishes like a signature bowl of baby lettuces with herbed avocado and pistachio, which diners are encouraged to eat with their hands. Other favorites at the Michelin star establishment, like brine-pickled French fries with smoked apple sauce, could conceivably translate to a more casual environment.

Stay tune for more on AL’s Deli as the project moves ahead. London could open as soon as this summer after renovations, he says. But for now, there’s still a bit of time to enjoy another meal at Yuzuki.

Yuzuki

598 Guerrero Street, San Francisco, CA 94110 415 556 9898 Visit Website

AL's Place

1499 Valencia Street, , CA 94110 (415) 416-6136 Visit Website