Two after hours post last night have clarified the status of two prominent openings. In the first, Ronnie Killen tells Chronicle restaurant reviewer Alison Cook that CK Steakhouse, his Heights project with Hubcap Grill owner Ricky Craig, has been delayed by regulatory issues. In the second, Joshua Martinez tells Press critic Katharine Shilcutt that Goro and Gun has added two prominent members to its front of house staff as it remains on track to open soon.
It turns out that the Mr. Shine Car Care building Killen and Craig intended to convert to CK Steakhouse is in the 100-year floodplain and must be raised three inches to meet regulatory requirements. Rather than go to the expense, the duo and their landlord have decided to tear down and replace the building, but that process will take three months or more, depending on when the city grants its approval. Counting last year's debacle when he tried to move into the Stella Sola space, it's the second time Killen has seen his Heights plans foiled.
Meanwhile, things are moving quickly at 306 Main. Goro and Gun has hired Alexander Gregg as its bar manager; Gregg is the former bar co-manger at The Pass and Provisions. Mikey Ngyuen, who worked for Martinez at Kata Robata and earned some acclaim as a server at Uchi, has also signed on to the ramen and more restaurant. Martinez and chef David Coffman tweeted pictures of their first test batch of ramen noodles Monday night. According to a tweet from its newly renamed twitter account, the restaurant expects to open next month.
Bar ladder at Goro and Gun [Twitter]