Noted Mission eatery Andalu will close out a 12-year run on the corner of 16th and Guerrero at the end of the year, Inside Scoop reports. Taking its place will be a new Chinese dumpling and noodle joint called Chino, from the guys who brought you Bar Agricole and taco mini-chain Tacolicious.
Andalu's lease is up at the end of the year and chef-owner Calvin Schneiter will close the doors after one last New Year's Eve blowout. No word yet on what Schneiter has planned next or if his fried mac and cheese will still be making appearances at street fairs and music festivals around town once the namesake restaurant closes up, but the prime 16th street space will re-open under the direction of former Bar Agricole chef Brandon Jew and Tacolicious proprietor Joe Hargrave after they knock down a few walls and reconfigure the space with an open kitchen and 20-seat bar. All told, the dining room will seat 60.
According to Hargrave, the new spot will be an "authentically San Francisco" dumpling and noodle house with small plates ranging from $6 to $10 and a range of salads and vegetables. Chino also hopes to echo the success Bar Agricole and Tacolicious have had with their cocktails, bringing on the beverage director from the latter to plan out the drinks.
While the ever-changing Mission will be losing a brunch spot right after New Year's, it does add the exciting option of having dumplings for breakfast in the neighborhood.