The old barbershop at 1298 Church St is slowly transforming into "high end Vietnamese fusion." Word on the street is that its owned by the same people as Regent Thai, a Noe Valley hot spot, so it should prove exciting. We spoke to the contractor today and he said it should be open "by the end of the year." Possible, but the inside is still bare studs and no one has pulled an electrical permit. Neither have the owners filed for an alcohol permit (the Conditional Use permit as a full-service restaurant was approved March 13, 2008).
There has been considerable progress, though. The exterior is nearly buttoned up (complete with paint swatches), and the interior framing looks completed. The plumbing also looks complete. Also, last week they took a delivery of sheetrock (presumably for the upstairs unit).
[Previously on Eater]