Does Tony Hu sleep? Somehow we glossed right over this news in Wednesday's Dish that in addition to opening Lao Mala in Chinatown this week, the Chinatown restaurant impresario will open yet another Lao restaurant. This time, however, he's not reinventing the wheel, but making a copy of it. Hu will bring the flagship of his empire north to Uptown when he opens another Lao Sze Chuan in the former Marigold space at 4832 N. Broadway on Sept. 1.
This is great news for the area, which recently lost the popular Indian restaurant to Andersonville and last year saw the anchor Border's close. Maybe other restaurateurs will follow suit and help Chicago make this a true entertainment district. The addition of Lao Sze Chuan adds to the already eclectic culinary landscape in the neighborhood that includes Vietnamese, Chinese barbecue, Ethiopian, American and other great spots in the neighborhood.
· Emerging Details on Alpana Singh's New Venture, The Boarding House [Dish via Grub Street]
· Confirmed: Marigold Will Move to Andersonville this Fall [~EChi~]
· Uptown Theater: Polishing an Old Jewel [Tribune]
· Uptown: Where to Take Visiting Friends to Eat & Drink [~EChi~]
UPDATE: Time Out Chicago's dining editors just tweeted that Lao Sze Chuan will open sometime in September, but not on Sept. 1 as was initially reported.