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Liholiho Yacht Club Is Moving to the Mission

Plus, what happened to Lone Palm’s palm, and more intel

The exterior of Dear Inga
Patricia Chang
  • After a year’s worth of takeout on Sutter Street, Liholiho Yacht Club is sailing off to the Mission, at least for the near future. It’s setting up shop at 3560 18th St., what was the space occupied by Dear Inga, the Eastern European restaurant created in partnership between Ravi Kapur and Jeff Hanak of Liholiho, and chef David Golovin. According to the team, Dear Inga will undergo some “reconcepting,” while Liholiho’s Tenderloin space will undergo a light remodel and refresh during its interlude in the Mission. And, it will launch an entirely new menu for the Mission pop-up, with the exception of one or two crowd favorites from the original. That means fans of the chicken sandwich, baked Hawaii, and fish sandwich should run, not walk, to pick it up or have it delivered. To prep for the pop-up, Liholiho will close April 7th to 10th, then reopen at 18th Street on Wednesday, April 14th for takeout and delivery only; outdoor seating with reservations will start April 28, if all goes according to plan. Like most restaurants — and y’know, the entire world — they’re playing it by ear and not planning too far ahead, so stay tuned for next moves.
  • San Francisco’s outpost of Tokyo’s Michelin-starred ramen shop, Tsuta, will remain shut until the city’s indoor dining is at 100 percent. They’re also halting any plans for what would have been a rather large West Coast expansion, according to Tsuta Global’s CEO Brian Thua, though an NYC location will open in late-summer. Tsuta drew long lines when it first opened, though interest seemed to wane in following months, particularly following a lukewarm review by SF Chronicle critic Soleil Ho, who wrote that SF’s outpost “just comes off like some celebrity’s offspring trying to get free drinks by name-dropping his dad.”
  • In sad news, iconic Mission dive has lost the single palm tree that gave it its name. The tree had become diseased, and the heavy, falling fronds were becoming hazardous to patrons and nearby buildings. Lone Palm owner Jane Seabrook told SFGate that losing the 30-year-old palm was “heartbreaking” to her and her family but that she hopes to replace it with a new palm soon. They’re not cheap, however, so a GoFundMe has been started to raise money for the new mascot, which costs several thousand dollars.
  • Today’s the day: La Cocina Municipal Marketplace is open today, offering takeout from six women-owned businesses in the Tenderloin. It’s a special project that benefits the community in multiple ways. Read more about it here.