Eddie Huang’s Baohaus at 137 Rivington Shutters
Controversial restaurateur Eddie Huang is now divested from the Lower East Side food circuit. Professionally speaking. Yesterday was the last day of business (nay, the last supper) at critics’ favorite Baohaus on Rivington Street. It was a successful twenty-month run for the Taiwanese restaurant, which was always a reliable outpost for cheap eats. And crazy promo antics.
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Owner Eddie Huang, who also operated nearby flash-in-the-pan Xiao Ye, penned a fairly transparent farewell post on his well-known blog, Fresh Off the Boat. He and partner Evan Huang are choosing to focus their energies on the recently-opened 14th Street outpost of Baohaus. 137 Rivington is now on the market.
When you see what we have coming at Baohaus 2 next month, you will doodie your pants. It may or may not involve beef noodle soup and soup dumplings, I’m just sayin… Evan and I had to make some choices about where to devote our time because right now it’s just the two of us and staff at BH2 running the business. We’re looking to build the team but we have so many things on our plate, we have to focus.
If you ask people, it was a really special run at that subterranean spot. Every thing about it was unique from the brick on the right side, the weird steps going down, the music, the food, the style of service… I don’t think there was a restaurant that did things quite like we did. For better or worse, I hope people look back on it and say: “That kid brought a whole new hustle to the neighborhood.”