Z & Y Restaurant has been recognized by everyone from the Michelin Guide, which named it a 2018 Bib Gourmand, to President Barack Obama, who ordered takeout during a visit to San Francisco in 2015 — but the long lines it’s gotten as a result could be shortened by a new expansion, Z & Y Bistro Wine Bar Restaurant. The additional Z & Y space will serve more customers at 606 Jackson Street (between Cooper Alley and Kearny Street).
According to a representative from the restaurant, the new wine bar is still under construction — but the space, formerly Chung King, is already displaying a Z & Y sign. Eater SF awaits further details from the restaurant.
Z & Y’s original space, at 655 Jackson Street, opened in 2008 and became known for spicy dishes like a descriptively named “chicken with explosive peppers.” It’s owned by chef Han Lijun, also of Chili House in the Inner Richmond, and his partner Michelle Zhang.
And in fact, Obama is just one in a long list of dignitaries and world leaders for whom Lijun has cooked. He’s even prepared dinner at Z & Y for President Deng Xiaoping, who led the People’s Republic of China from 1978 to 1989.