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Saigon Social Vows Return After Fire Last Week

Last modified May 9, 2022 at 8:40 am

Closed for a week, Saigon Social continues to pick up the pieces from a fire onsite. “We are incredibly grateful that the fire was contained and no one got hurt,” the restaurant said in an Instagram update over the weekend. As ownership continues to assess damages from the fire at 172 Orchard Street last Monday, […]

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Sidelined by COVID-19 Before Debut, ‘Saigon Social’ Now Serves Meals to First Responders

Posted April 21, 2020 at 5:01 am

Saigon Social was oh-so-close to finally opening its first brick-and-mortar on Orchard Street. Then COVID-19 hit, and another setback befell the restaurant. Rather than accept defeat before even launching (i.e. takeout only), ownership pivoted to help serve first responders. Former presidential candidate, Andrew Yang, tweeted last week about how owner Helen Nguyen quickly pivoted. Cooking […]

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First Look at Saigon Social on Orchard Street

Posted January 29, 2020 at 5:02 am

Saigon Social is inching toward launch on Orchard Street. Branded vestibule arrived a couple weeks ago, while the dining room appears ready to go with tables and token mural. The casual style restaurant at 172 Orchard is apparently a few inspections from opening here in the former Mission Cantina. At the mercy of the bureaucracy. […]

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‘Saigon Social’ Begins Build-Out at Former Mission Cantina

Posted September 17, 2019 at 5:00 am

For the first time in years, 172 Orchard Street is seeing some activity in the ground floor retail. Not since Mission Cantina closed down in December 2016 has there been movement. Instead, just a revolving door of suitors considering the space. And a never-ending supply of storefront graffiti. Now, renovations are afoot. Restaurateur Helen Nguyen […]

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‘Saigon Social’ Takes Former Mission Cantina Space on Orchard Street

Posted April 3, 2019 at 5:05 am

In the three years since Mission Cantina ditched Hell Square, the real estate has been a vacant mess. Pitched as a prime restaurant opportunity for just as long, the store instead became a magnet for graffiti. Now, another potential taker is queued for the corner space at Orchard and Stanton Streets. Interest in the space […]

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‘Mission Cantina’ Goes Under After 3 Years on Orchard Street

Posted December 9, 2016 at 5:11 am

Mission Cantina – chef David Bowien’s kitchen chameleon at 172 Orchard Street – is reportedly donezo. The three-year-old restaurant has been closed of late, its Caviar page deleted, and phone line disconnected. Patrons have also shared their farewells on social media over the last week. Bowien’s luck on Orchard Street hasn’t been the best. You’ll […]

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Artist Bradley Theodore Erases Mission Cantina Mural Due to Impasse Over Signature

Posted March 3, 2014 at 11:02 am

Mission Cantina essentially put the kibosh on that nascent skeletal mural by Bradley Theodore. Apparently it was much ado about a signature. You’ll recall that last week, Mission Cantina commissioned the street artist to bring some color to the Stanton Street facade of the establishment. Fine. By Tuesday, his subtle signature, which usually includes contact […]

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First Glimpse Inside Danny Bowien’s Mission Cantina and Its Menu

Last modified November 4, 2013 at 12:23 pm

Danny Bowien’s Mission Cantina opens at 172 Orchard Street on November 20. During this ensuing three-week countdown period, it seems as though the chef-owner is deliberately teasing the neighborhood by leaving one window open to scope the interior. We took the bait. There are lots of colors and even a tera-cotta style hut in the […]

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Danny Bowien’s Mission Cantina Opening Nov. 20

Posted October 29, 2013 at 9:10 am

Danny Bowien’s new project at 172 Orchard Street is indeed called Mission Cantina, after all. Documents with the State Liquor Authority suggested as much, but the high-profile chef-owner still denied it when news broke over the summer. Yesterday evening, though, Flo Fab at the New York Times Dining desk weasled some additional details on the […]

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Danny Bowien Announces Mission Cantina for 172 Orchard Street

Posted July 23, 2013 at 5:28 am

As we first reported last month, Danny Bowien is planning something new for the old Noodle Bar space at 172 Orchard Street. Some sort of Mexican concept.

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