A sign recently appeared in the fast-casual restaurant's windows at 292 Castro St. announcing that Srasa Kitchen is "consolidating operations" at an original location on Middlefield Road. The sign indicates a new concept called Pushcart Creamery, described as "fresh handmade ice cream rolls," will be coming soon. The restaurant's website no longer lists the Castro Street location and information.
Poon said, however, that Srasa No. 2 is closed only temporarily. He has not yet decided if he's opening an ice cream shop in its place.
Brandon Poon and father Albert Poon, co-owners of Srasa Kitchen, prepare bowls at the restaurant's Middlefield Road location. Photo by Veronica Weber/Palo Alto Online.
He said staffing issues ("cost," not difficulty hiring), his parents' decision to retire and his feeling spread thin led to the temporary closure. The ice cream shop was an "initial idea" but it's still up in the air, he said.
"Nothing is for sure yet," Poon said. "We haven't made any final decisions."
Poon said a more concrete decision will be made in the next few weeks; check back here for updates.
The Poon family opened the first Srasa Kitchen in Mountain View in 2015. Last year, they decided to close Poon's downtown restaurant Buffalo and open a second Srasa in the same space.
At Srasa, diners can choose from pre-set combinations or build their own Asian-fusion bowls by drawing on an array of fresh Cambodian, Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese ingredients.