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Sep 7, 2011 06:03 AM

Y Ben House, SF Chinatown Closed

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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  1. 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. There was a blurb on Eater SF:

      Y Ben closed because the owners retired.

      1. 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

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

          1. re: ShopperGirl

            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

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

              1. re: soupçon

                I wish I tried this place before it closed.

                1. re: 1taka

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

                  1. re: Robert Lauriston

                    Better than average flood + lower than average price = exceptional

                    1. re: soupçon

                      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

                        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

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

                1. re: soupçon

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

          2. 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

              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

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

                1. re: shanghaikid

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