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Y Ben House, SF Chinatown Closed

hhc Sep 7, 2011 06:03 AM

I read a tweet from Jonathan Kauffman that Y Ben House in SF Chinatown is Closed. That's a surprise. Anyone know the story?

Y Ben House
835 Pacific Ave, SF

Y Ben House Restaurant
835 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

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    Thomas Nash Sep 7, 2011 12:54 PM

    Kind of a shame, because it was a good cheap place. Very good for the price. But I am not surprised since it seemed to be getting increasingly run down, the lines were shorter, bathrooms even dirtier,...

    What will replace it in the Chinatown eco-system?

    1. asianstamp Sep 7, 2011 10:21 PM

      There was a blurb on Eater SF: http://sf.eater.com/archives/2011/09/...

      Y Ben closed because the owners retired.

      1. asianstamp Sep 9, 2011 10:36 PM

        Per word in the community (not released in the press), Chinese Hospital bought the property awhile back and now they are reclaiming it to raze and build a medical office building. There was complaints on Yelp about how Y Ben became run down and maybe that is the reason. So it's twofold, Chinese Hospital did not renew the lease and the owners retired because of this.

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        1. re: asianstamp
          ShopperGirl Sep 11, 2011 10:47 AM

          Chinese Hospital does not own the property that Y Ben was in.

          1. re: ShopperGirl
            asianstamp Sep 11, 2011 08:16 PM

            I don't know who owns it but CH is going to raze the building and build and medical office on the premises. That is the scuttlebutt that is making its rounds in the neighborhood.

            1. re: asianstamp
              soupçon Sep 11, 2011 09:47 PM

              It's owned by Walter and Susan Louie, who also happen to own the Wo Chong tofu factory on 16th Street. http://is.gd/S9aQE0

              1. re: soupçon
                1taka Sep 15, 2011 06:27 PM

                I wish I tried this place before it closed.

                1. re: 1taka
                  Robert Lauriston Sep 15, 2011 07:23 PM

                  There was nothing very exceptional about Y Ben's food. Better than average dim sum with rock-bottom prices.

                  1. re: Robert Lauriston
                    soupçon Sep 15, 2011 07:56 PM

                    Better than average flood + lower than average price = exceptional

                    1. re: soupçon
                      Robert Lauriston Sep 16, 2011 09:03 AM

                      Sure, but those who didn't eat there didn't miss anything that they can't get at numerous other places except a chance to save a few bucks and maybe Chinatown's filthiest bathroom.

                      1. re: Robert Lauriston
                        JimboG Dec 30, 2011 03:14 PM

                        One of the pluses for Y Ben House was that it opened very early compared to other places - like about 7:00AM - suiting the tastes/schedules for my wife and myself. We were also fascinated observing the locals. So, what is open very early with similar offerings, and where do the locals go now?

                        Never made it into their bathroom.

              2. re: asianstamp
                soupçon Sep 15, 2011 07:58 PM

                If that is so, why is there a big FOR LEASE sign on the premises?

                1. re: soupçon
                  shanghaikid Jan 1, 2012 02:31 PM

                  would guess the landlord has a contingency plan if the chinese hospital expansion plan doesn't plan out.

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            shanghaikid Jan 1, 2012 02:29 PM

            came across y ben house about a month ago.
            posted on the window was a notice about an hearing by a city agency about the expansion of chinese hospital into y ben's ex-space.

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            1. re: shanghaikid
              soupçon Jan 1, 2012 06:45 PM

              The posted notice of an EIR requirement is on the building next door (827 Pacific) which Chinese Hospital already leases and refers only to that building, not the building containing Y. Ben House (835 Pacific).

              1. re: soupçon
                shanghaikid Jan 1, 2012 07:22 PM

                sounds like the y. ben location would be ideal for a parking structure should the chinese hospital proposal pass.

                1. re: shanghaikid
                  soupçon Jan 1, 2012 08:04 PM

                  That's not in the cards or the plans under environmental review.


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