A new Asian-fusion fast food restaurant called Paprikas is opening soon—possibly within a couple of weeks—in the former Evergreen Cafe at 645 Clay St.
New proprietor Peter Wu, who will operate the restaurant with partners, has also owned Munchboxx next door for six years, serving up American and Vietnamese sandwiches and croissants to an "80 percent" FiDi clientele (both places are within a half a block of the Transamerica Pyramid). "We're still working on the menu," he told us, but expect to see a variety of Asian dishes, including garlic noodles, fried rice, stir fry, salads and mie goreng, or Indonesian noodles.
Paparikas will offer takeout, online orders and catering, and everything will be under $10, Wu said. Hours will be from 11am–4pm weekdays, and he's hoping to open by mid-January.
The name Paparikas, Wu said, was based on the spice "paprika," but with an extra "a" because the domain name paprikas.com was already taken. He said he's not affiliated with the former Evergreen Cafe, which was closed in late October for health violations, including a cockroach infestation.