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Longtime Russian Hill Restaurant Set to Shutter After Almost 50 Years

Aux Delices will close after keeping the city fed — including visits from William Shatner — in two locations throughout San Francisco

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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.

Even without the impacts of COVID or precarious economies, neighborhood classics from bookshops to bars must someday close. Such is the case for Aux Delices at 2327 Polk Street in Russian Hill, a familiar Vietnamese restaurant to many residents, thanks to its almost 50-year history in the city. The Chronicle reports the restaurant will close on Friday, June 30, so owners Chris and Thiet “Tina” Nguyen can retire.

Chris’ mom opened the original restaurant in 1975 in Potrero Hill, one of the first Vietnamese restaurants in the area. Once the business moved to Polk Street, it gained lots of attention thanks to coverage in the New York Times and visits from interstellar celebrities including William Shatner. “Everybody asked me, ‘What is captain Kirk having?’” Chris told the paper. The Nguyens attempted to sell the business, but since no buyer fit the bill, the restaurant will go dark at the end of the month.

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