Conan O'Brien-Approved Chinatown Mainstay Sam Wo Closing

Inside Scoop has the Scoop:

Owner David Ho — who has owned the restaurant for the last 30 years — confirms the closure with Scoop. Sam Wo will be open today and tomorrow, and then close the doors forever.

Too old. Everything’s too old,” says the 56-year-old Ho. “The building is too old. It’s very sad.”

He adds that the three-story restaurant has been having problems with the fire department and the kitchen is too old, too. He says that he won’t reopen, at 813 Washington or elsewhere.

The bummer article goes on to discuss the joint's link to SF history, but let's not forget about its contribution to sketch comedy:

[Inside Scoop]

Comments (4)


major bummer….old school Ctown staple

Gold Dust, Sam Wo… SF is shedding what has made it unique.

Does anyone know the story of how they became associated with Conan? How did Conan pick Sam Wo’s out all the Chinese restaurants in SF? I think it’d be an interesting story.