Andy ‘n’ Bao Opening in Two Weeks at 154 Orchard

Posted on: February 4th, 2011 at 6:28 am by

Apart from a small neon sign in the low-level window of 154 Orchard Street, Chinito never really materialized.  The concept was a Vietnamese/Mexican fusion joint, and was to be Michael “Bao” Huynh’s answer to Snack Dragon just a few doors north. But it failed to launch.

This image has been archived or removed.

Then last month, Eater reported that the Chinito venture was being scrapped entirely, and replaced with something called Andy ‘n’ Bao. This latest incarnation of 154 Orchard Street will boast Thai/Vietnamese cuisine.  And word on the street is that patrons can order fried grasshoppers. Yum.

This image has been archived or removed.

We stopped by yesterday evening to assess progress, and were welcomed by a young man painting a sprawling mural inside.  He introduced himself as Beau (of graffiti fame), and his presence here made perfect sense.  As Grieve noted a couple weeks ago, Beau had been commissioned to decorate the gate of BarBao, another Huynh eatery on St. Mark’s Place. The artist informed us that Andy ‘n’ Bao should be up and running within two weeks. As you can see, the kitchen still needs some TLC.

This image has been archived or removed.

Speaking of Beau, he’s no longer using that name for any ambitious illegal graffiti work.  That name is now earmarked for the public art scene. We learned that the identity change was a result of an arrest back on November 2. Apparently he was busted while tagging with the ubiquitous Jim Joe on the west side.

This image has been archived or removed.

But as previously reported, the business itself remains on the open market.  However, the price has been chopped from $150,000 in key money to $95,000; plus $6,500 per month in rent.

Recent Stories

Demolition Begins at Fire-Stricken Dim Sum Palace Building in Chinatown

Demolition started this week at 6 Chatham Square, which, until this month, housed neighborhood favorite Dim Sum Palace. Early morning May 1, a fire in the kitchen spread throughout the building, triggering a five-alarm response from the fire department. All told, five firefighters were injured battling the inferno over several hours. And according to Red […]

Eldridge Street Development Sells for $19.24M

A major real estate deal to report on Eldridge Street. It took three years, but the eight-story mixed-use building at 165 Eldridge traded last week for $19.25 million. Just under the initial 2019 asking price of $21 million. Buyer of record is Meng Lee and Karim Elsayyad of FREO Management. The transaction is not yet […]

The ‘Barrier Reefs’ Coming to Clinton Street Bike Lane

The Department of Transportation has chosen a winner to decorate the traffic barrier protecting the Clinton Street bike line. The city agency awarded artist Alison Cynamon as part of the ongoing Barrier Beautification mural project. The concrete slab runs from Delancey Street to South Street; an 840-foot stretch with roughly 1,980 square-feet of canvas to […]

Redlining the LES: How Discriminatory Lending Policies Solidified Pre-Existing Inequalities

The following was written by Anna Sargeantson. All photos courtesy of Anna Sargeantson, except where otherwise noted. Home to dimly lit restaurants and bars frequented by NYU students and young professionals, the Lower East Side remains in many ways the epitome of New York City’s youthful heart. Under the surface, though, the neighborhood has historically […]

Ed Higgins Gets ‘Mail Art’ Retrospective at Van Der Plas Gallery on Orchard Street

Fresh off featuring his art in Ludlow Coffee Supply, the Van Der Plas Gallery of Orchard Street is now dedicating a full artist retrospective to the late Ed Higgins. Higgins, known as a pillar of the “Rivington School” movement in the 1980s Lower East Side, and for his unique “Mail Art,” died last December at […]