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Here’s Where Sai’s Vietnamese Restaurant Is Headed After Leaving the FiDi

It was unclear if Sai’s Vietnamese would make the leap to a new lease. Now, the family-run business will move to 42 Columbus Avenue.

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Sai’s Vietnamese will take over the Bask space on Columbus Avenue.
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Paolo Bicchieri is a reporter at Eater SF writing about Bay Area restaurant and bar trends, coffee and cafes, and pop-ups.

Despite gaining Legacy Business status in 2022, time-tested favorite Sai’s Vietnamese beneath the Transamerica Pyramid needed to find a new home. Thankfully the restaurant just found new life at 42 Columbus Avenue, the location of North Beach restaurant Bask. The San Francisco Business Times reports Sai owner Charles Vong bought Bask with financial aid from Shvo, the development group that owns the Transamerica Pyramid. If all goes apace, Sai’s will open in the Bask location in about four months.

The journey to this lease came with a few twists and turns. Supervisor Aaron Peskin stepped in last year when Shvo issued a notice to vacate to Sai’s, which held a lease at 505 Washington Street for 40 years. The supervisor mediated between the restaurant and the developers to ensure the transition would be as smooth as possible, as locals were in a frenzy after the news broke. That move from Shvo comes as the company begins renovations on the pyramid itself and neighboring properties. Vong told the outlet he is “very grateful” for Shvo’s financial contributions to the move, including forgiving a year’s worth of rent.

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