An Choi May End its Decade-Long Lower East Side Run [Updated]
Word on the street is that local favorite, An Choi, may not return from the COVID-19 lockdown. Thus concluding more than a decade on the block for the Vietnamese restaurant.
An Choi closed its doors in mid-March at the outset of the pandemic. Now, an anonymous tipster sends word that the lease on the space recently expired, and to renew would likely be too expensive.
The symbiotic Cafe Phin – the coffee shop located on-premise – also goes under.
Nevertheless, the An Choi spin-off Di An Di will remain as is in Greenpoint.
An Choi began its journey at 85 Orchard Street back in 2009, co-founded by brothers Tuan and Huy Bui.
Update from An Choi:
There’s NO final decision whether to close or reopen at the moment. In what is an unprecedented and turbulent environment, An Choi is in a holding pattern factoring the PPP terms, our landlord’s direction and the unknown impact with the commercial rent market, and the changing guidelines and phases for reopening NY affecting restaurants and bars.