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Buddha Bar Changes Name, Hires Top Chef's Hung

Back in January, the Meatpacking mega lounge Buddha Bar agreed to change its name after losing a lawsuit to Buddha Bar Worldwide (the NYC branch broke off from the group, causing the litigation). Now, just nine whole months later, a name has been chosen: Ajna Bar. Catchy!

But they don't just have a new name; they have a new chef. Chef Hung Huynh, winner of season three of Top Chef, is coming on board. The email to regulars simply says he's "joined our award winning venue," but according to a reservationist at the restaurant, he's working there full time and is offering a preview menu this Sunday. From Top Chef to Solo to the Bocuse d'Or to this? An interesting trajectory for the cheftestant.
· All Buddha Bar Coverage [~E~]
· Ajna Bar [Official Site]