SMAC’s Todd Birnbaum Planning Mediterranean Restaurant at Former Yunnan BBQ on Clinton Street

Posted on: August 1st, 2016 at 5:00 am by
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Yunnan Kitchen/BBQ folded at the end of June after four years on Clinton Street. It didn’t take long for another hopeful to exhume the still-warm carcass, so to speak. That person would be restaurateur Todd Birnbaum.

The notice to the community was taped to the window of 79 Clinton Street, right next to the farewell letter from Yunnan. Birnbaum will appear before CB3 in three weeks (August 22) for a Mediterranean establishment of some sort. He’s going for the coveted full liquor. Further details on the venture will become available in the coming days.

Birnbaum made a name for himself (and brother Matt) with the Pinch pizzeria (since closed) and mac-and-cheese spot, S’Mac. He wrote in to clarify, however, that “The company I worked for was a licensee of S’mac, but I was not an owner of any kind.”

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The Yunnan Kitchen predecessor opened in 2012, having replaced the beloved Lucky that served the community for decades. A year into its run, founding chef Travis Post departed; then last summer, owner Erika Chou swapped the Kitchen for “BBQ” to breathe some new life into the business. However, the revamp didn’t attract enough crowds to bolster the bottom line, according to Eater.

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79 Clinton Street, November 2010

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