The Korean grocery store will feature Daeho, the popular local beef stew restaurant

Photo by Janelle Bitker

April 14, 2021 Updated: April 14, 2021, 5:42 pm

A grocery aisle at H Mart in Katy, Texas. The grocery chain opens in San Francisco next week.

Craig Moseley / Houston Chronicle

H Mart, the largest Korean grocery chain in the country, will open its long-awaited first store in San Francisco on April 21st. Inside is the popular Korean restaurant Daeho Kalbijim & Beef Soup.

Located at 3995 Alemany Blvd. In Ingleside Heights, the new 42,000-square-foot store will contain ingredients essential in preparing a variety of Asian dishes from produce to meat to frozen foods. There will also be a food hall called the Ktown Food Hall. Five stalls offer mostly Korean cuisine.

Stalls include the first expansion of Japantown’s Daeho – known for its gurgling beef stews and bronzed cheese – and a new Bay Area location for the Left Wing Bar, a Korean-born fried chicken chain that also operates in San Jose.

Two other eateries, Da Pan and Da SFC, serve casual Korean fare. A location of the Korean bakery chain Paris Baguette will be opened in the grocery hall at a later date.

Next Wednesday, the debut begins with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 9:50 a.m. The doors open at 10 a.m. After that, the shop is open daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The new location is in progress and has been eagerly awaited since 2018. H Mart is based in New Jersey and has more than 90 domestic locations, including two in San Jose.

Janelle Bitker is a contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @janellebitker

Janelle Bitker joined The San Francisco Chronicle in 2019. As a reporter for food companies, she covers restaurant news and Bay Area culture in general through a food lens. Previously, she was a reporter for Eater SF, senior editor at East Bay Express, and editor for arts and culture at Sacramento News & Review. Her writing has been recognized by the California Newspaper Publishers Association and the Association of Alternative Newsmedia.