December 7, 2022


The Food Universe

Namu Stonepot closes its Divisadero location; team set to open unnamed

Namu Stonepot (553 Divisadero) is no lengthier serving its loco moco bowls and stonepot rice from the Divisadero room where by it’s lived considering the fact that 2017. Chef-owner Dennis Lee announced the closure on Instagram on Sunday, stating that that would be restaurant’s very last working day. Namu Stonepot remains open up for takeout, dine-in, and shipping and delivery in the former Namu Gaji area catty-corner from Dolores Park on 18th Street, having said that. And the staff has a new restaurant/beer corridor on the way any working day now in SoMa.

“We are so appreciative of the supportive community we’ve been ready to be a section of the previous few yrs,” Lee writes. “Our timing has been reduce shorter of the four-12 months mark, but so substantially has happened in our time with remaining equipped to feed our community through foodstuff and conversation. We appear ahead to the new enjoyable modifications that are in retail store, and we hope you’ll proceed to observe us along our journey with the Namu Relatives!⁠”


Namu Stonepot was a spinoff of Namu Gaji, which itself was a spinoff by Lee and his brothers from their first Richmond cafe Namu, that opened in excess of a ten years back and place Korean tacos on the map in SF. A signature dish of stonepot rice turned the basis for the rapid-relaxed strategy, and as the SF scene has developed to embrace much more of these swift-assistance dining establishments, Namu Gaji ceased to be a much more official sit-down affair prior to the pandemic. The cafe had been pressured to close for an earthquake retrofit in early 2019, ⁠and by July of the that calendar year, the Brothers Lee announced they have been getting in excess of the former Perennial room on 9th Avenue, adjacent to mid-Sector.

That project is continue to in the works, but it is really developed into additional of a food items hall that combines both Namu Stonepot’s food items, and a new fusion-y pizza thought that was born during the pandemic. As Eater reported in December, Sunset Squares started as a sort of pleasant thriller, based totally on Instagram with DM’d orders and payments on Venmo, with focaccias, deconstructed salads, and mouth watering Detroit-design and style pizzas with toppings like ma po tofu, bulgogi, and kimchi. Lee initially refused to detect himself as the expertise behind it all, but then Sunset Squares introduced on Tock and DoorDash, and he had to appear clean up.


The 9th Avenue place, the title of which has not been announced, will be a combo of Namu Stonepot and Sunset Squares, together with Filipino pop-up Uncle Tito, and loads of local beers on tap. The workforce needs it to have a beer-hall / avenue food items vibe, and it was stated to be “weeks” absent from opening in late April. 

As Dennis Lee informed the Chronicle in April, “It’s often enjoyable when people can go somewhere where by you can have inexpensive beer and wine and order off several menus, almost like a road foods truck [market].” And, he extra, about the demise of Namu Gaji, “Running a entire-support cafe is incredibly demanding as is. With all of the delays and new problems brought on during the very first two shelter-in-put orders and uncertainty of the coming calendar year, we had to make the tough decision to end that enterprise.”

Lee also states that he’s ultimately setting up to open up much more Sunset Squares “slice shops” at other locations all over the town.

But specified how nimble the Lees have been with their pivots in the previous, who understands what will occur up coming.