What the fuck is happening with Sunflower?

Eater SF reports:

Sunflower, the dual-entrance Vietnamese restaurant that straddles the corner of 16th and Valencia, has long been a favorite amongst Missionites for its solid renditions of classics like garlic noodles and imperial rolls, not to mention reasonable prices that have held firm despite Valencia’s increasing gentrification. But now, Sunflower is mysteriously shuttered, with only a sign on the door reading “We are closed until further notice. Sorry for the inconvenience.” A call placed to the restaurant was answered by a voicemail box with an identical message. A staffer at Sunflower’s sister location in Potrero Hill, which remains open, refused to comment on why the Mission location was closed, or when it might reopen. [link]

[Photo by Angela Rose]

35 Responses to “What the fuck is happening with Sunflower?”

  1. scum says:

    I really don’t like this news.

  2. timbo says:

    That’s potentially a major bummer.

    Let’s hope it’s just a rat infestation or other minor health code issue.

  3. I got food poisoning from that place once, but that was over ten years ago.

  4. Susie says:

    It’s being remodeled (about time) and they’re making it handicap accessible. Breathe, folks.

  5. jack says:

    Hopefully last week will not be the last time I heard, “Hello Young Man” :-(

  6. IHateSF says:

    Yup, enjoy that $20 lobster-sushi-fusion taco “pop-up” featuring German beer flights that takes its place. San Francisco is not a nice place to live any more. You want more evidence? Stay tuned.

    • umm says:

      it’s funny to see the naive young warriors who just moved here freak out anytime a restaurant closes because they haven’t been around long enough to recognize that restaurants close all the damn time in the city and it’s nothing new nor a sign of the apocalypse.

      • The Tens says:

        It’s funny to see naive old people (or whatever) think that things aren’t happening in a completely different manner this time and that long time businesses are not closing at an exponentially greater rate as a result of the tech economy and increased wealth inequality in this city.

        • jed says:

          +1,000,000 to this.
          If someone has been around a long time and keeps saying “this happened before,” “this always happens,” “it’s a boom and bust city, bro,” “this is just like last time,” it is a 95% bet they are living in their 2003-era rent controlled apartment, which they can now afford without roommates, and thus are completely isolated from what it actually takes to live in this town now.
          Moved here in the late ’90s, and this is nothing like last time.

        • umm says:

          there were plenty of Chicken Littles the last time too, definitely not a great place to live if changes in your environment cause anxiety and panic.

  7. wurple says:

    As much as I don’t want to see another affordable restaurant gone in SF, I never thought their food was any good.

  8. Sam says:

    Oh no shit, is that the same place as the one on 18th in Potrero? I seriously love the Potrero one

  9. Mickey says:

    Did anyone read Susie’s comment? Fucking chill, babies. As easy as it is to be pessimistic, this sounds like it has a happy ending.

    • Susie says:

      It does. They’re changing the sign too. I saw Grace today (the owner) and her dim brother-in-law made the sign and voicemail message. He literally has zero idea of what is happening in this neighborhood. :/
      The city owns this building so no one is losing their lease. The sunflower folks have the place nextdoor too (used to be mariachis) and it’s been empty for four years. That’s why. Makes no sense to me, but it’s obviously working for them somehow.

  10. umm says:

    i don’t think it’s closing, but who cares if it did? not really that good; much like Big Lantern this place thrived off of there being a dearth of good Asian food in the neighborhood and tourists/newjacks thinking it was something special. now there’s Ler Ros, Mau, and Chino right near by. Now I know all those places are evil because they are new and popular and weren’t there 4 years ago when you moved to the Mission, but the food is better and the same price as Sunflower.

    • two beers says:

      Actually, they are much pricier than Sunflower, and they are infinitely douchier.

      • Truth says:

        Just looked at the online menus, they seem to be about the same price, Sunflower is a bit more expensive on some items, it seems that the info you pulled out of your butt may be off.

    • Jason says:

      Aside from sort of preposterous comments re: cost (and I like several of the places you cite, but c’mon now), “Asian” cuisine happens to be more than one thing and represent more than one geography, and none of the above are Vietnamese.

  11. picky eater says:

    Can’t wait to eat their over priced food again soon!

  12. Chris says:

    And why the fuck is this a big deal?