Sam Wo closes [Update: Closes?]

After 100 years, the San Francisco health department is shocked, shocked to find unsanitary conditions in Sam Wo’s kitchen.

UPDATE I, 4/24/2012: Sam Wo is fighting the city to re-open! [KPIX] [Examiner]

Meanwhile, the SF Weekly ran a a story and a link with Conan O’Brien’s “commercial” for Sam Wo.

UPDATE II, 4/24/2012: Sam Wo reprieve!

More details on the hearing.
In the photo below, the owners plead their case in a packed hearing room.

Below are some pictures from a 2008 visit. I will see if I can dig up some vintage ones. The most glaring omissions are the sign in front and the kitchen itself. I don’t think I have a picture of the kitchen, so these are from the article:

Looking out the kitchen
Looking out through the kitchen

The view when entering
What patrons pass by on the way to the stairs

Menu in 2008
Late-model menu

Rogues galleryClockwise: Mike, David, Jan, Ron.

Jan at Sam Wo in 2008
Jan on the 3rd-floor balcony at Sam Wo.

Rosa at Sam Wo in 2008
Rosa on the balcony.

View from the balconyThe view east.

View from the balconyThe view west.

View from the balconyThe view up.

View from the balconyView of a bird and some Chinese gingerbread.

The guardians of the balcony
The three sentinels of the balcony. Who says they didn’t keep this place clean?

About dwrob

Born in Oakland, California. Graduated Alameda High School 1976. Univ. of Alabama English B.A. (English, German) 1980. Univ. of Washington Ph.D. (English) 1985. Fulbright fellow in East Berlin 1988. Professor of English and Comparative Literature 1988-2007 at Georgia Southern University. Linux system administrator. Web application developer. Contract technical editor with Microsoft Press 2001-2007. FTE editor, technical writer, and programming writer in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2008-2014. Laid off 2014, enjoying my severance. Resides in Lower Queen Anne, Seattle, Washington.
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