EXCLUSIVE — Baoery, the Asian Gastropub from Thornton Park Restaurant Group, is closing. Its last day will be Friday, March 31, according to TPRG partner and executive chef Greg Richie.
The restaurant, which took the space previously occupied by Cityfish, opened in October of 2015.
The restaurant was built around bao, steamed buns with various fillings that resemble a sort of Asian taco that have been a trending food item in the last few years. Baoery also offered other Asian-inspired dishes, such as ramen and Cilantro Seared Pink Snapper.
“We think it’s a great concept,” said Richie, but “that location is probably just a little too big for Baoery.”
The restaurant’s food was well received. “I don’t think anyone had an issue with the quality,” said Craig Ustler, a principal with TPRG. Both he and Richie surmised that perhaps the space was too big for the concept. “It needs something about half that size,” said Richie. Baoery employed approximately 20 people. Richie said that a few would be offered positions at Soco, another TPRG concept a few doors down from Baoery, also in the Thornton Park Central building.
Ustler said he wasn’t sure what would be done with the space. “I don’t have any hard plans right now,” he said.
Richie said he will turn his full attention to TPRG’s remaining restaurant. “We’re really happy with what’s going on with Soco,” he said, “so I’ll take this opportunity to focus on that.”