I was craving me some spicy Baoguette for lunch, so I swung by the Murray Hill outpost, which happens to be near our office. Lo and behold, Mr. Puntastic himself was there, Michael Bao Huynh. That’s the nice thing about Baoguette: You can get your banh mi fix and some resto-biz fodder.
Turns out, his latest conquest won’t be in NYC but in San Francisco, where he says he’s planning to open his next project at Jack London Square.
Not to worry, he hasn’t forsaken NYC: He’s currently mulling an idea to open a kebab joint called Shish Kebao. Ba-dum-dum! It’s still in the planning stages, but—like Baoguette—he envisions it as a cheap-eats counter where diners can mix and match their own kebabs: lamb, shrimp, beef, the usual. Plus, it’ll have his trademark Asian touch (bet on the sauces). He’s thinking $4 and under, with maybe an extra $1 or so for pita.
Too soon to tell whether it’s all systems go, but hey—why stop there when there’s a world of food still waiting to be Bao’d! We’re pulling for Bao-B-Que next! —Alexis L. Loinaz