The matcha haven Stonemill Matcha, a fan favorite in San Francisco's Mission District, has announced a revival following its sudden closure back in August. According to a report by Eater SF, the plywood that hid the cafe's face for a spell has been stripped away, hinting at a re-energized presence on Valencia Street.
The word on the street is that a revival has been set in motion by the neighboring ramen haven, Taishoken's owner. The scoop is that Taishoken's Yosuke Tajiri is slated to quickly lead the reopened cafe into its next chapter.
Stonemill’s loyal followers will surely be tickled green to learn that the beloved matcha-infused delicacies, alongside the eclectic mix of Japanese dishes and sandwiches, aren’t vanishing from the menu. "Tajiri has confirmed to Mission Local that the cafe will retain its previous food menu," notes the report, ensuring the same tantalizing tastes will continue to grace taste buds.
Tracing its roots to 561 Valencia Street, the site of the former Mission District staple bar Tartine, Stonemill Matcha, under founder Eijiro Tsukada's leadership, blossomed post-2016. Tsukada transformed the location into a prime spot for matcha aficionados and the Japanese comfort food scene, having enlisted talents like chef Keisuke Akabori and pastry whiz Mikiko Yui. This duo was instrumental in establishing a reputation for serving "top-notch matcha," frequently reported by critics and gourmands alike.
As for the grand reopening, those behind the rebirth of Stonemill Matcha are hopeful to unlock doors come December.