Chico Mural Erased from Former Kampuchea

Posted on: August 19th, 2010 at 6:22 am by

In the last week, Grub St has been keeping tabs on the fate of the former Cambodian joint Kampuchea, which closed last Saturday night.  However, now it appears the owner is transforming the defunct brand into a hot-dog bun sandwich shop called Bun & Co, and that Parisi Bakery is to provide the bread. The restaurant should open by this weekend. That’s all well and good, but what does this latest news mean for the Chico art on the Allen Street facade? Erasure.

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That’s right, a complete whitewash.  In any event, these last few months were particularly rough on the rooster mural. It was abused by mother nature and hooligans alike.  You name it – chipped, scraped, gouged, tagged, etc.  Hopefully Chico will be hired back to paint more artwork for Bun & Co.

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Meanwhile, a letter to patrons hangs in the window of the old Norry space.

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It reads:

To our friends & family,

Change is inevitable; Kampuchea and the Norry will be close(d) for service.  We wanted to take this time to thank you for your support and generosity for the last 4 years.  It has been a pleasure serving you and getting to know everyone.  Kampuchea will be back somewhere in NYC…but, please come back here to visit us for something coming soon at this location.

From our family to yours, best wishes.

Kampuchea Restaurant Crew

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