Bring on Bao Hiroo

Chef Hiroo Nagahara is bringing a take on traditional bap to the Arts District this month. 

Chef Hiroo Nagahara is bringing his mother’s take on bao, the doughy, billowy steamed buns popular in Asian cuisines, to the Arts District this month.

Nagahara, who sharpened his teeth at San Francisco’s Nomica and the Arts District’s The Chairman, is readying Bao Hiroo, which will specialize in all things bao.

A specific opening date has not been revealed, but according to a news release, Bao Hiroo will serve sweet, savory, steamed, baked and fried bao, with options including the beef brisket steamed bao (stuffed with coffee BBQ, Fuji apple and fennel kimchi), and the crispy Japanese curry bao (with fried tofu, fingerling potatoes and seasonal vegetables topped with panko).

The fast-casual spot will be open for lunch and dinner, and will serve cocktails. The space is designed by firm Mass Architecture and Design and has an industrial vibe.

Coming to 905 E. Second St. or

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