Gozu, the SoMa Steakhouse, Is Now Selling Wagyu Meat Boxes for $600 – Eater SF

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Gozu, the SoMa Steakhouse, Is Now Selling Wagyu Meat Boxes for $600 – Eater SF

Gozu, the hot new Japanese steak tasting menu spot in SoMa, is having a hell of a year. The restaurant only opened in October before suffering a fire on New Year’s Eve due to faulty construction. The restaurant did a full reno, was set to reopen in April, and had just relaunched online reservations. Then the coronavirus pandemic shut down the city. Now, the restaurant’s reopening has been pushed back indefinitely, and chef Marc Zimmerman, who usually welcomes guests at a dramatic counter surrounding a live-fire grill, is doing something he never could have imagined. He’s cutting world-class wagyu into steaks, boxing it up, and selling it to home cooks.

“Look, this is not a time for anyone to try to make a buck,” says Zimmerman. “We’re just trying to adjust, see what we can do to help, and take care of our staff.” Zimmerman, like many chefs in this city, is having to lay off employees and hoping to cover their health insurance. But a 13- to 15-course tasting menu doesn’t exactly deli up well for takeout and delivery. So the team turned the restaurant into a pop-up butcher shop, which is open for pickup on Wednesdays and Sundays. At first, they offered chicken breasts, ground beef, eggs, bone broth, and other staples. But Zimmerman happened to have a ten-pound piece of Miyazaki chilling in the walk-in. He cut it into 4-ounce portions, just to see if anyone might want
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