Paul Meeriyagerd, who with his parents owns the Thai House Express mini-chain with locations on Larkin Street and in the Castro, has been working for years to convert a former laundromat at 530 Valencia Street into a restaurant. That work is finally paying off as Grub Street discovers today that House 530 is shortly on its way in the space, with an Asian, but not necessarily just Thai, focus.
Mission Local reported on Meeriyagerd’s plans as among many such restaurant conversions happening up and down the Valencia Street corridor, and they say it took him eight years to get the space permitted for a restaurant. He’s aiming for a July opening.
We’ve noted earlier that also in the works nearby is the re-conversion of the original Slanted Door space (584 Valencia) back into a restaurant by Charles Phan. We’re expecting that to happen later this year or early next, but it’s still not been announced.
Sidebar: The space at 530 Valencia was once home to The Deaf Club, a now legendary S.F. punk venue that was only open for 18 months, from 1978 to 1980. Bands like The Mutants, The Offs, The Germs, and The Units all played there, and the place was frequently getting unwanted attention from the SFPD, and the ABC, until they finally closed.