Mercury Lounge to Close at the End of the Month

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Jun Belen
Kare-kare dumplings from a January 2011 dinner Mercury Lounge held.
SFoodie received a sad email yesterday afternoon from Dominic Ainza, chef of Mercury Lounge. The SoMa restaurant and lounge is going to close, he wrote, at the end of the month. "It was definitely the economy," he explained, and also speculated the explosion of food trucks contributed to the restaurant's decline, since so many of them specialize in Asian food.

Mercury Lounge describes itself as "global Asian cuisine," but its soul is Filipino, and Ainza became known for cooking innovative modern-Filipino dinners and selling late-night Filipino street food on weekends.

Ainza will stop serving dinners after February 18; Mercury Lounge continue to serve bar bites and drinks until March 1. Check the restaurant's website for a statement tomorrow. And Ainza says he's currently looking around to see what comes next.

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Space 1582 (The Mercury Lounge)

1582 Folsom, San Francisco, CA

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Julian R.M.
Julian R.M.

Say it ain't so! One of my favorite brunch spots in the City! Damn restaurant biz is a cold game, especially in this economy. Wishing Dominic and Lawrence the best of luck in their next endeavor. Sad day indeed in SOMA:'-(

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Guest

it's a heartbreak to the SOMA neighborhood.

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