January 6, 2013
Deja Vu: The Mystery Restaurant at 1298 Church Street
Some history: In 2008, the former barbershop was granted the second of three new restaurant permits available in Noe Valley and has been under construction ever since. [Contigo was the first, Noe Soup never opened; the restaurant limit has since been lifted.] The original permit was filed by Charles Stern and it is registered to the owners of Regent Thai at 1700 Church St.
What we don't know is what exactly it will be - and when. The employees at Regent Thai on outer Church confirm the restaurant is in the works and related, but still aren't saying if/when the restaurant will actually open. Nor do they know if it will be Thai or Vietnamese (as the various contractors over the years believed it might be), or something else altogether. There's also no sign on the building, no ABC permit and the DBI permits are still incomplete. But there is a new ADA accessible ramp out front.
What does it all mean? It means that 5 years into this project we're still waiting. Here's hoping Church and 25th Streets will gain a new restaurant this year.
Bonus feature: Double-paned windows make for some cool photos: here and here.
Update 1/7: The windows are covered in paper once again.
[NVSF: Update: Never-Ending Project at 1298 Church St]