The taker for the recently vacated Merigan Sub Shop space has just been revealed by Eater, and it's called Sajj a previously truck-based Mediterranean concept that's opening its first SF location in the SoMa spot shortly before opening another down in Sunnyvale. The three-year-old business is growing fast, with locations already in Mountain View, Menlo Park, and San Jose, and lunch service is set to start on Second Street sometime next week. Sometime in January, dinner may be added, as well as a beer and wine license down the line.
The concept of Sajj is Mediterranean street food with a customize-your-own bowl or wrap, along the lines of Chipotle. For main fillings you've got steak or chicken shawarma, falafel, pomegranate chicken, or "shawafel," which is falafel plus shawarma. Then you can choose either a salad or rice bowl, or a wrap wrapped in either pita or sajj, which is a lighter and thinner flatbread more like a tortilla. You add what you like from a list of other stuff, and you can add fries and some other stuff too on the side.
Founder Zaid Ayoub has a pair of partner, and "one of whose family is the owner of several Bay Area restaurants that includes Crepevine," per Eater.
And is it just me or are there a whole lot more good lunch options for the FiDi/SoMa set than there ever were in years past?