We haven't heard from serial restaurateur Michael 'Bao' Huynh since he opened his Asian burrito concept Baoritto in Midtown in November and almost opened Chinito in the old Bia Garden space shortly thereafter. And two months is a long time in the Baoverse. So, here's some news, confirmed this afternoon by the wily Huynh. Try to keep up.
Bia Garden, Huynh's LES beer garden that he turned into an Asian/Mexican concept called Chinito, will reopen as Andy 'n' Bao, a Thai/Vietnamese restaurant. Meanwhile, the DOB 111 concept, a restaurant that failed to really take off on St. Mark's Place, will migrate to the Covet space on 55th and Lexington, which Huynh partnered on in November. This will be called Baotique. They'll serve contemporary Vietnamese.
In the meantime, now that the space has its beer and wine license, Huynh will turn DOB 111 into Barbao, his restaurant that closed last year on the Upper West Side. They'll serve tapas, noodles, and wine. We'll call it the Great Bao Shuffle.
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