After less than a year in the Castro, Vietnamese restaurant Pho 335 (335 Noe St.) has closed.
While owners Harry Liu and Xiu Li did not respond to a request for comment on the closure, the space already has a new occupant. Signs and pictures in the window indicate the restaurant will soon reopen as Dumpling House.
At this time, it's unclear if Liu and Li have decided to change the concept, or have sold the restaurant to new owners.
Since the owners of House of Chen retired in 2017, after 28 years in business, the space at 335 Noe has seen a lot of turnover. Castro residents will recall Mr. Fu Kitchen opened in 2017, and closed a year later. Pho 335 lasted just 10 months.
No construction work appears to be taking place inside the restaurant, and public records indicate there currently is no application for a change of ownership for the liquor license. This might be a sign that Liu and Xiu plan to keep the restaurant, but change concepts.
2019 has been an especially bad year for Castro retailers. This week alone, supplements store GNC, restaurant Finn Town Tavern and Unionmade's men's and women's clothing stores all announced their closures.
District 8 Supervisor Rafael Mandelman told Hoodline the Castro's retail vacancy problem is dire, and that he plans to convene with the Office of Economic and Workforce Development to address the problems and come up with solutions.
As we learn more about Dumpling House, we'll keep you updated.