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Tony Hu Finally Close to Opening a Lao Sze Chuan on Michigan Avenue

The opening of Lao Sze Chuan Downtown seems imminent.

Lao Sze Chuan Downtown
Lao Sze Chuan Downtown
Eater Chicago

It's taken more than two years, but the venerable Tony Hu is finally close to opening a restaurant on the Magnificent Mile. Hu returned from a trip to Beijing last week to some good news—Lao Sze Chuan Michigan Avenue, which he's now naming Lao Sze Chuan Downtown, passed licensing inspections and is just about ready to go.

The "Mayor of Chinatown" opened restaurants in Evanston, Skokie, and Las Vegas, and opened and closed Lao 18 on Hubbard Street, during the same time it took to open on the preeminent shopping district in the Midwest, a project first reported in September 2012. Hu says he hasn't set an official opening date yet for his jewel in the Shops at North Bridge (520 N. Michigan) so stay tuned.