Tenderloin's 'Mong Thu' Temporarily Closed For Renovations [Hoodline]
Word is the family is looking to reopen the beloved restaurant some time in August.
Best known for its Vietnamese gumbo-style soup, Mong Thu Cafe at 248 Hyde Street has temporarily closed for renovations, after serving only sandwiches and coffee for several months.
The cafe, which Kim Nguyen has been running for over 20 years, has offered a limited menu for most of this year as it worked to get its permits and paperwork fully approved.
Getting permits and figuring out all the equipment changes that are necessary to bring the cafe up to code was a lengthy process, Nguyen's daughter Linh told us. But she is excited to have the cafe really renovated into a restaurant, to give her mom space to work and not fear another inspection.
Through kitchen renovations and electrical upgrades, the cafe is remedying a series of issues raised by the San Francisco Department of Health regarding its food preparation area and restaurant layout.
The renovations will be partially funded by a city grant through the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development’s SF Shines program, which has worked closely with her mother and the family for well over a year, Linh said.
Read the full story by Carrie Sisto on Hoodline.