The San Francisco restaurateur who helped pioneer the “vertical food” trend of the 1990s has died in Thailand at 57. Albert Tordjman sold his Flying Saucer restaurant in 1999 after a nine-year run, and hasn’t started another San Francisco venture since, but local food fans who remember the Flying Saucer know it as one of the first wave of trendy restaurants that helped turn the Mission District into a dining destination. We found some old video of Tordjman and the Saucer from the PBS show Going Places: San Francisco. Check that out below, and raise a glass to a departed San Francisco restaurant legend.
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