Ken Ken Ramen Opens and Namu's End

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The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco food scene.

Ken Ken Ramen opens today in it's new, permanent location (3378 18th St. at Mission). We learned, via a tweet, that for now they'll only be open three nights a week (Thu.-Sat.), starting at 6 p.m.

As the year ends Namu will shutter, as Namu Gaji readies to open in 2012. Inside Scoop reports the lease on the Namu space could not be renegotiated, and the restaurant will shutter its Balboa location after Christmas Eve. Namu Gaji, the izakaya-inspired restaurant from the Lee brothers, will open in the Mission in early 2012. Today's Chronicle goes on to share that the Lee brothers (or at least one, Dennis Lee) may return to the Richmond at some point -- but not in the foreseeable future.

Food truck news: It's been a long, legality-driven process, and it isn't done yet, but Inside Scoop reports an update on SoMa StrEAT Food Park, slated for the vacant lot behind the SOMA Costco. The project director Carlos Muela plans to include structures (like those at the Proxy Project) alongside the trucks, and wants to start construction early in the new year. Fingers crossed.

There's a new liquor license and bar manager at AQ Restaurant & Bar. Eater SF discovers Tim Zohn (Bourbon & Branch) has joined AQ, and will debut a cocktail menu as early as next week.

Chef shuffles: Inside Scoop reveals Zack Freitas (Commis) is Zare at Flytrap's new chef de cuisine. The cuisine is to stay the same, but Hoss Zare and Freitas are planning to debut a new menu in January.

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