Bay Area/ San Francisco/ Food & Drinks
Published on February 11, 2017
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Pork-obsessed pop-up The Pork Exchange aims to open a brick-and-mortar restaurant later this year and is eyeing a soon-to-be-vacated spot in the Tenderloin.

After four years of serving cheap, quick cuisine at 807 Ellis St.—not far from the Polk Street nightlife scene—Thai 4 You is closing shop. A manager at the Thai joint confirmed that the business has been sold, and the existing restaurant's last day will be February 28th.

Image: Google Maps

The restaurant, which replaced Jarin Thai in 2013, has mixed reviews on Yelp and a health score of 59, but those often looking for an affordable lunch near Civic Center or a late-night dinner on the way home from nearby bars may be sad to see it go.

However, the space may not be vacant for long.

“The Pork Exchange is coming in sometime this spring,” ownerJason Nontha has confirmed. Negotiations are still underway, so the timeline for opening remains uncertain. Although, the beer and wine license will be transferred to the new restaurant effective February 28th.

The Pork Exchange is an Asian-Fusion pop-up that held a series of kitchen take-overs last fall at The Corner Spot in the Inner Sunset and Maggie Mcgarry's in North Beach. The menu typically focuses on sliders, all pork-based, with an Asian twist.

'Lao Sausage Slider'

We'll share more information on what to expect from the future Ellis Street restaurant as the opening nears. In the meantime, pork fans can keep tabs on The Pork Exchange via Facebook.

Thank you to Hoodline reader Billy P. for the heads up on Thai 4 You's closure.