Hing Lung Company, the Chinatown restaurant known primarily for crackly-skinned roast pig and succulent char siu, is expanding for the first time in its 41-year history. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that owners and brothers Eric and Simon Cheung plan to open a new restaurant called Go Duck Yourself at at 439 Cortland Avenue in Bernal Heights next summer. Unlike Hing Lung, which is a takeout only restaurant, Go Duck Yourself will have some 20-seats, the Chronicle reports, plus a parklet.
The name might be familiar to fans: During the pandemic, the owners launched Go Duck Yourself by Hing Lung on UberEats, which was the first time the restaurant’s comforting Cantonese food including roasted pork belly, honey-glazed spare ribs, and slow-poached soy sauce chicken became available for delivery. The online menu is trimmed down in comparison to what’s available at the original location, however, focusing on exclusively on those roasted meats, served alongside rice and veggies.
And if you’re wondering how they chose Bernal Heights for the expansion, the Cheungs tell the Chronicle they noticed a lot of delivery orders coming from the southeastern side of San Francisco and the Peninsula, which made Bernal Heights a nice fit. But they’ve also got their eyes on the horizon and hope to open additional Go Duck Yourself locations — including in Southern California — in the future. [SF Chronicle]
In-N-Out is under a lot of scrutiny
As we reported earlier this week, the only San Francisco location on In-N-Out remains closed for indoor dining because the company is flatly and vociferously refusing to enforce the city’s vaccination mandate — news that’s prompted media all over the state to take a closer look at the cult-favorite company. SFist noticed Department of Public Health appeared to troll the burger company on Twitter on Tuesday, while a SF Chronicle politics reporter pointed out that the fast-food chain donated $40,000 to the California Republican Party’s effort to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom, which was largely a reaction to his pandemic response. There’s also at least one other In-N-Out location facing fines for not enforcing vaccination mandates; the ever-busy freeway adjacent outpost in Pleasant Hill has been cited multiple times by Contra Costa County’s environmental health division, per a CBS report. [SFist/Chronicle/CBS]
Plan to demolish Grubstake Diner are a go
Despite an appeal from neighbors, the somewhat controversial plan to demolish the very-recognizable train car-inspired facade of Grubstake Diner — and to rebuild it with an additional 8-stories of housing on top — will continue, Hoodline reports. [Hoodline]
Belcampo’s Oakland store is closed
And in case you missed the story from our colleagues in Los Angeles, farm-to-table meat merchant Belcampo is pretty much kaput, shutting down all “e-commerce, retail and restaurant operations” — and yes, that includes the Oakland shop. The drastic contraction of the company’s physical footprint comes months after an Eater LA investigation uncovered the company had been mislabeling its products at multiple locations for months. [Eater LA]