“Keep Cassava open on Balboa Street” was the name of the GoFundMe campaign started by Yuka Ioroi, the general manager of the Outer Richmond restaurant, Cassava.
Lai says that “99 percent” of his long-time clients, many of whom were initially hesitant to see their friendly local hangout change, are very supportive of the restaurant’s update.
When Mandalay restaurant opened in the Inner Richmond in 1984, it was the first and only Burmese restaurant in the Bay Area. People were very unfamiliar with the unique flavors of this Southeast Asian cuisine and some evenings there were fewer than 10 patrons.
The menu draws inspiration from Melvin’s family roots in New Orleans. One of the first challenges they faced though was how to capture all of the family dishes that had been passed down verbally and “made from the heart and soul.”
A new edition to the mid-Taraval food scene had their “soft opening’ on Saturday, March 16.