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Dim Sum Destination Hong Kong Lounge II Reborn in SoMa

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Caleb Pershan

It looks like Hong Kong Lounge II won’t be reopening on the city’s West side, but fans of its dim sum offerings can soon satisfy their cravings in SoMa.

Hong Kong Lounge II, a Bib Gourmand–winning dim sum restaurant on Geary Boulevard, was dreadfully damaged by a 2018 explosion and hours-long fire. Since then, its spot at the corner of Geary and Parker Avenue has remained shuttered, with plywood on the windows and burn marks still visible on its exterior — and owner Annie Ho has remained silent on the restaurant’s future. But now, Tablehopper reports, the business is set to reopen in a glossy new structure located just off Folsom Street.

Ho’s new spot will be called Hong Kong Lounge Bistro, and a look at city records suggests that it’s been in the works since last November, when it filed for a business license at 1136 Folsom Street. That address is also the address of 99 Rausch, a luxury condo development located between Seventh and Eighth Streets.

While reps for the development or restaurant were reluctant to comment, Tablehopper reports that “they just want to get ready for their opening, which should be happening soon.”

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Eli's Mile High Club

3629 Martin Luther King Junior Way, , CA 94609 (510) 808-7565 Visit Website

Willkommen

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