There has been a lot of business turnover on Balboa lately, both inner and outer. Here are the updates, moving east to west:
Cafe Sis (402 Balboa) opened last month and reviews are strong on Yelp. Serving up coffee, pastries and Korean sandwiches, the spot is owned by two sisters, hence the name. “Perfect for hungry college students and individuals who just want to eat at small, comfortable and calm setting.” Plus free Wifi.
We’re not sure what’s happening with the space on the northeast corner of 6th & Balboa (452 Balboa). It was a print shop that had a fire in 2012, and in December 2014 a change in use permit was filed to change it to a full service restaurant. And we saw a bar, tables, and lighting going in and if memory serves, it was going to become an Asian restaurant. A couple of other permits were filed, the most recent for a hood to be installed. So perhaps they’re getting close to opening. UPDATE: A liquor license application reveals it’s a “BISTRO COFFEE & OYSTER BAR” filed by Chi Su Fong Chien. Status is still pending.
Just down the street, d.zelen (interiors – gardens – shop) opened in the old Frankenart Mart space (515 Balboa). According to their website, they “source and create items that are the fine details to a home. Vintage or new, found or created in our studio these are items that add a sense of life and living in a space, a home.” Looks like they used to be located at 1228 Sutter. Thank you Marianne for the update!
The oft-greasy but loved Jook Time has closed (3398A Balboa), putting an end to cheap dim sum on Balboa. According to one Yelper, the owners sold the restaurant and the new owners are already moving in and getting ready to offer Northern Chinese food.
A new lifestyle boutique opened at 3425 Balboa called Better; For Living. According to their website, “We stock select contemporary and vintage items for life, appreciation, and use. Focused on the longevity of craft, ethical sourcing, localized manufacturing, and understated design, we aren’t the best; we make things (Better), and you can too.” The shop is owned by Danielle Gaito, a fashion stylist, and Giffen Clark Ott, an architect and fabrication designer. “A brick and mortar for daring emerging labels.”
April Calf (3528 Balboa) closed and is now Kio Ramen. It appears that the old spot had a very poor food score from the SF Health Dept (64/100) in April 2016; the 7 violations were corrected the following month. The old April Calf website redirects to the new Kio Ramen site so it looks like the same owners just reopened with a new concept. This is a commonly used loophole for getting around poor health scores that NBC uncovered earlier this summer. As a new entity, they wipe their food score history clean.
The word from our commenters here is that the former Victoria Pizza spot will become Mr. Banh Mi (3605 Balboa), being opened by the adult children of the owners of Kim Son, the Vietnamese restaurant directly across the street.