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Ginger Park is closed

Posted by Devra First  December 9, 2010 12:06 PM

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The South End restaurant's last official day of service was yesterday. This is sad news for fans of Patricia Yeo's duck meatballs and dan dan mien. But not that sad -- the chef plans to stay in town and open a new restaurant serving a very similar menu. "We're going to go smaller, funky and casual," Yeo says. "Hopefully we'll be up and running by the first of May."

The new restaurant will pick up on the popularity of Japanese-style izakaya in New York, but with Ginger Park's more general Asian slant. "We'll still have the true and tried things regulars are upset about not being able to eat," Yeo says. Details on exact name and location forthcoming, after the i's are dotted and the t's crossed.

Much of the staff is likely to return, as well. Yeo was able to find temporary homes for many of them, and she's taking a few with her to Hong Kong, where she'll be consulting for a bit in the meantime.

As for the impressive Ginger Park space, it's for sale. What would you like to see open there, and who do you think will buy it? My money's on the Lyons Group -- the stylish, large room would be well suited to one of their ventures (and Yeo's concept will work much better in a smaller, funky space).

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