All signs point to the end for Rickshaw Dumpling Bar, the mini dumpling takeout empire co-founded by Anita Lo and Kenny Lao (Lo severed her ties to the place four years ago). A tipster writes in that the original Flatiron location was "completely out of vegetables" on Friday, and now there's a "For Rent" sign in the window and a message thanking customers for "ten great years." A recording on the answering machine at the 23rd Street location confirms: "Our Flatiron location is now closed. For more information, please visit us at twitter.com/rickshawbar."
A look at that Twitter feed yields just a couple of vague hints at the status of the chain. Yesterday it was offering free dumplings to anyone who would, "Come by our store before we close at 4 p.m. for our staff party and give the cashier a high five!" This morning Rickshaw tweeted: "10 years! Thank you New York. We love and appreciate everyone that's spent time with us. :)" This makes it sound like the whole operation, not just the Flatiron, is dunzo. Right now, no one's answering the phone at the Midtown outpost, and a Yelp review dated today says that there are "Public Auction" signs on the door there and the "furniture and kitchen equipment was being hauled away." The restaurant's Seamless account is also dead. No word yet on the current status of the truck or the Times Square Kiosk.
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