Is Gourmet Carousel San Francisco Chinese Restaurant Closed?

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Gourmet Carousel, at the corner of Franklin and Payne, under new management.

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Gourmet Carousel, a facility in San Francisco’s Lower Pacific Heights neighborhood since 1984, is currently closed. But the question: for how long? It was first spotted by Marcia Gagliardi, aka The Tablehopper, and the new administration has yet to take over.

The nearly 40-year-old restaurant on the corner of Pine and Franklin Streets, with its navy blue canopy that was once a distinct shade of the green San Francisco street sign, served Chinese food to locals and restaurant critics alike. the years. In 1994, former San Francisco Chronicle restaurant critic Michael Bauer reviewed Gourmet Carousel and wrote, “It was one of the nicest surprises I can remember: three-star food at prices that rival any restaurant in town.” (Both SFGATE and The Chronicle are owned by Hearst but operate independently of each other.)

However, some spying by Tablehopper confirmed that the restaurant is not currently open for business. The restaurant’s phone line rang about 20 times when SFGATE attempted to call, delivery orders were no longer available on GrubHub and its reservation system was removed from OpenTable. It is unclear when the restaurant closed this year.

What also remains unclear is whether it will reopen under new management or become an entirely new restaurant. According to the Alcoholic Beverage Control License, which was first spotted by Tablehopper, the transfer of ownership began on June 18. The previous owner Guo M. Zhang transferred the license to Rui Sen Zhou and as of July 14, the license was transferred to Still Pending. The restaurant’s website is also still active as of Thursday afternoon.

Hung tao yi fu (fried wonton soup) at the Gourmet Carousel in San Francisco.

Hung tao yi fu (fried wonton soup) at the Gourmet Carousel in San Francisco.

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Popular dishes at Gourmet Carousel include hang tao yi (fried wonton soup) and Chinese fried chicken served with crispy shrimp flakes and Peking duck. Only time will tell if these dishes, and their reasonable prices, will appear on the menu when they reopen.

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