Yalcin, a Turkish Kurd who immigrated to the United States in 2006 when he was 30 years old, met with the restaurant’s staff members this morning and assured them he would keep them and their menu in place.
Philip Bellber, who started both the Mission District and Haight-Ashbury locations of Cha Cha Cha alongside Parada 22 in the Haight-Ashbury and recently-shuttered Boogaloos in the Mission, said the restaurant was being sold because he was retiring. Bellber’s other restaurants will not change hands, however.
Bellber co-owns the building where Yalcin has L’Emigrante alongside his business partner, Pak, who has another Cha Cha Cha in San Mateo with his son.
Cha Cha Cha will be Yalcin’s fourth restaurant, after opening Pera in 2009, L’Emigrante in 2014, and Urban Fish in 2015. He has worked in restaurants since he was high school in “