At least a few MillersTime readers are fans of Sam Wo’s Chinese restaurant in San Francisco’s (dwindling?) Chinatown, and thus here is the latest ‘breaking’ news about the possibility of the 100+ year old restaurant returning to ‘serve.’
According to Inside Scoop, “the Bay area source for breaking restaurant news,” a comeback is underway:
It has been nearly six months since Chinatown institution Sam Wo was forced to shut down. Through the summer, there was been nary a whisper at the two-story restaurant. But things are finally moving forward.
Earlier this month, with the help of pro-bono work from the Chinatown Community Development Center, the Department of Building Inspection finally gave the green light for Sam Wo to proceed with renovations. With that approval in place, now it’s a matter of getting the money needed for the remodel, which is expected to be around $100,000.
This weekend, the newly formed “Save Sam Wo Coalition” will hold the first of many fundraisers to raise money for the many renovations required to bring the restaurant up to code and reopen, like a fire escape and improved kitchen facilities. Among the members of the coalition are Board of Supervisors president David Chiu, Entertainment Commissioner Steven Lee, and of course Sam Wo owner David Ho and his daughter, Julie. Chinatown neighborhood leaders like Reverend Norman Fong are also involved.
According to City Hall, donations to the “Sam Wo Reconstruction Fund” can be mailed to PO BOX 34249, San Francisco, CA 94134. Furthermore, if you’re interested in volunteering for future fundraisers, contact Commissioner Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org.