Legendary San Francisco Restaurant to potentially close after more than 100 years of business

September 25, 2023 by No Comments

First founded in 1912, the Sam Wo restaurant has gone on to become one of San Francisco’s oldest eateries in the city. Unfortuantely for many, it could now be closing its doors for good. The restaurant is renowned for its budget-friendly pricing, and it gained fame from its appearance in a Conan O’Brien sketch and for its association with San Francisco’s most notorious waiter, Edsel.

A venerable institution in the heart of Chinatown for more than a century, it shuttered its doors in 2012 due to a series of safety issues and violations of health codes. It later reopened a short distance away in 2015. Over the years, it has received positive reviews from many San Francisco residents.

Before the onset of the pandemic, Sam Wo had achieved legendary status as a go-to spot for late-night diners seeking Singaporean-style stir-fried noodles and the comforting rice porridge known as jook. It is believed that the current owner David Jitong Ho has decided to retire after decades of service, while his children have no intentions of running the restaurant and taking over from their father.

The family is currently seeking potential new proprietors to step in before January 2025, when the current lease is set to expire. In the absence of new investors, there’s a looming possibility that Sam Wo may cease operations permanently.

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