Chuong sent out an email Friday to his loyal customers about his new venture. We got him on the phone today. Chuong describes the restaurant as a farm-to-table concept using using Asian, European and modern cooking techniques to prepare local ingredients and sustainable seafood. . It also will have a raw bar and serve specialty cocktails, sustainable wine and local beers. (To see the menu, go HERE.)
The 4,000-square-foot restaurant can seat 100 people inside and 40 people on the patio. It is located at the East 54 Urban Village, near the Aloft Hotel and Saffron, the well-regarded Indian restaurant.
Many of Chuong's fans will be cheering his return to the Triangle dining scene.Chuong, himself, said it was inevitable: "It's a passion."
The restaurant will be open for lunch Tuesdays-Fridays (11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.) and dinner Tuesdays-Sundays (5-10 p.m.). Closed Mondays.
Go HERE to read my brief blog post about Chuong's departure from An.