Off The Menu: Namu Plots To Take Over The Bay Area Food Scene
World domination isn't hard and for brothers Daniel, David, and Dennis Lee with their entire team at Korean-influenced restaurant Namu Gaji, have a pretty big year coming up.
With plans to open two new locations on Divisadero and in the Dogpatch, and launch three new monthly pop-ups: one on Divisadero and two in the Outer Sunset — Executive Chef Dennis Lee is gearing up new menu items to express his and his brothers' passion for the Korean dishes they grew up with. To begin, the first of the pop-ups will be at Beachside Coffee Bar and Kitchen (4300 Judah St.) today, January 25th, and Lee is also aiming to make an appearance at The Pizza Place on Noriega (3901 Noriega St.), with no finalized date as of yet (we will update this to reflect.) With hopes of making these pop-up's monthly, the Lee brothers have a lot on their plate to prepare — think: an opening of a noodle bar and Korean Stonepot all within the same year.
"We've always wanted to do something [in our neighborhood]," Dennis told Hoodline in an interview about the upcoming pop-up's. We will also be seeing some exclusive pop-up's at The Mill on Divisadero too. Their vision was to create a dining experience that they felt was missing in San Francisco — a comfortable and personal space, featuring delicious and sustainable food that reaches beyond traditional culinary boundaries. Their mother taught them that a table needs three legs to stand, and that they must stick together to accomplish their dreams.
So how will the brothers do it with such a tight schedule?
"We've been operating here for over 10 years, but we've always had small neighborhood spots, so I'm looking forward to sharing our food, our experience, and our vibe with more of the city," Daniel said. "I'm excited to expand our repertoire and bring our culture and vibe to more parts of San Francisco."
That's a motto we can get behind.
// Namu Gaji, 499 Dolores St, Dolores Park, namusf.com