Lower Haight's Wonderland Restaurant closes for remodel

Lower Haight's Wonderland Restaurant closes for remodel
Photos: Teresa Hammerl/Hoodline
By Teresa Hammerl - Published on August 20, 2019.

Several Hoodline tipsters wrote in to ask us what's going on with Wonderland, the Chinese restaurant at Haight and Fillmore streets.

It turns out that Wonderland is closed for a renovation. According to a sign in the window, work started on July 22 and will last until September 30. Hoodline tipster Al M. said that the dining area is completely dismantled, with no furniture inside; when we dropped by earlier this week, the space was in the process of being repainted.

We reached out to the restaurant for further details, but didn't get a response. However, a building permit issued at the end of last month shows that Wonderland is undertaking some improvements to its dining room, including the bar countertop, the reception area, and the hallway. The budget for the project is about $40,000. 

Owner Ningzhe Wen first opened Wonderland in 2012. The construction comes just months after two other businesses in the same building, Café International (508 Haight St.) and Mad Dog in the Fog (530 Haight St.), temporarily shut down for a soft-story seismic retrofit.

While Wonderland may be closed, passersby can enjoy a new addition to the exterior: street artist YON installed a "triple Shredder" piece, featuring a baby version of the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" villain, a couple of weeks ago. 

Thanks to our tipsters Al M. and Chardmo! See something interesting while you’re out and about? Text Hoodline and we’ll try to find out what's going on: (415) 200-3233.