Coming Soon: Rhong Tiam at 154 Orchard Street

Posted on: April 26th, 2011 at 6:09 am by

It would appear Michael “Bao” Huynh pulled a fast one at 154 Orchard Street, where three of his eatery concepts failed.  Bia Garden shuttered after little more than a year to make way for the short-lived Chinito taco joint, which itself closed in anticipation of a rumored Thai spot called Andy ‘n’ Bao.  Yet, during this whole super saga, the business remained on the open market via NYCRS.  Judging by the new window etching, Rhong Tiam is slated to open here.

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Yes, the Rhong Tiam which fled the East Village after the briefest of tenures, leaving behind a space that quickly fell into disrepair.  EV Grieve has that whole story chronicled.  Meanwhile, we phoned the Gramercy location and were told that this newest Rhong Tiam should open later this week, though precise day remains TBD.  Given the aggregate tomfoolery at both Orchard Street and up at the old Second Avenue outpost, we won’t hold our breath.

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And the interior mural painted by Beau is still intact.

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