Double Chin brings Asian-American fusion to Theater District, has brilliant name

Owners Gloria and Emily Chin hope two Chins are better than one.

The decadent cube toast offered at Double Chin. —Double Chin

There’s going to be a new contender for best-named restaurant in Boston when Asian-American fusion cafe Double Chin starts serving hungry customers on Thursday.

At the helm of the new Theater District spot are Gloria and Emily Chin, sisters who grew up in Chinatown and want to bring their family specialties to the Boston public at their 86 Harrison Street location.

“We’ve been working on this for quite a while now,’’ Chin said. “We’ve been thinking about what our favorite childhood classic foods are. We’re foreign and raised in Boston, so we have a deep understanding of Asian-American culture and food.’’


Their offerings include “cube toast,’’ a hollow loaf of toasted bread filled with fried dough, ice cream, fresh fruit and syrup. Other specialty items include a scallion pancake sandwich filled with roast pork, build-your-own noodle bowls, and a large selection of rice dishes.

While the restaurant will also feature more traditional Asian and American style entrees, salads, and sandwiches, the pièce de résistance might just be the Spam Fries.

Fried Spam and taro wedges, served in their appropriate container. —Double Chin

“It’s a childhood classic,’’ Chin said. “As a part of an Asian household, we grew up with Spam—Spam fries are battered and fried Spam strips served with taro fries made similarly to potato wedges.’’

The Chins want to cater to the late-night theater and club crowds. While their opening hours will be 11 a.m. to midnight, once the weather gets nicer, they’re planning on operating from 7 a.m. to 4 a.m.

“We’re hoping to do a lot of the after party crowd,’’ Chin said. “A full 21-hours. We’re really going for it.’’

Gloria and Emily Chin. —Emily Chin

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