When Halu opened in 2008, it completely changed my neighborhood, The Richmond District, for me.

Aside from the awesome food, the restaurant is owned and run by just about the nicest family around.  Their warmth is something special and I always felt like I was a guest in their home.  To say their restaurant is beloved is an understatement.

So it’s with great sadness to learn that owner Shigemi Komiyama recently passed.  As you’d expect from someone who was a drummer, Shig was always laser focused at the restaurant.  But after hours and on off days you’d see him hanging out at my friends’ music gigs if he wasn’t playing himself.

If you’re in San Francisco, there’s a memorial service tomorrow, March 9th from 11am to 3pm at the San Francisco Culture Center (2450 17th St.).  Also, the restaurant remains open, so if you’re in the neighborhood, I’d encourage you to stop by.  To the Komiyama family, I offer my heartfelt condolences.

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