There's an update on Namu Gaji, which closed for seismic retrofitting in its building in March — along with neighbor Bi-Rite Creamery, which has now reopened. It's not actually going to reopen as the same restaurant.
As Eater tells us, after seven years, Namu Gaji and the Brothers Lee are headed to some expanded digs: the former Perennial space at 59 9th Street, near Market, where it's going to get a full bar, as well as a lounge space and a whole lot more seating. The cozy Namu Gaji space at Dolores and 18th, meanwhile, is pivoting to become a second location of the more casual and takeout-focused Namu Stonepot.
Namu Gaji debuted in 2012 after chef Dennis Lee and his brothers had already made a name for themselves at the now defunct Namu in the Richmond District. Namu Gaji itself was a pivot from the "Korean tacos" and other fare that Namu became known for, shifting to izakaya-like dishes with a Korean influence — including a stonepot dish with kimchee, a popular burger, KFC (Korean fried chicken), and the Japanese street food pancake known as okonomiyaki.
The new Namu Stonepot on Dolores is set to open next week, July 15. There's no announced timeline for Namu Gaji's new spot on 9th, or whether it may come with an expanded menu, but stay tuned.