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House of Yum (?) Chang/Myers- opening?

jonship Sep 11, 2007 05:42 AM

It looked like they were putting finishing touches to Joanne Chang's House of Yum on Washington St this morning. Is it opening this week?

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  1. sheila RE: jonship Sep 11, 2007 06:07 AM

    I don't know. But I should be the first one to notice if it opens. I thought it is just an ordinary Chinese takeout judging from its strange name. Who is Joanne Chang?

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      jonship RE: sheila Sep 11, 2007 06:37 AM

      Here's the description from the job posting on craigslist. Joanne Chang is the owner of Flour. Christopher Myers is an owner of Radius.
      'Come join our new restaurant opening in the South End! A funky new Asian eatery from Joanne Chang and Christopher Myers. No gloppy sauces. No foams, powders or gels. No ancient Chinese secret. Just fresh, bright, addictive chow and a commitment to offering great neighborhood service in a super new space.'

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        StriperGuy RE: jonship Sep 11, 2007 06:43 AM

        Oh dear.

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          elcaminogirl RE: jonship Sep 11, 2007 06:48 AM

          I can't believe that two such talented & experienced people could come up with that name. Even tongue-in-cheek, it's cringe-inducing.

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            jonship RE: elcaminogirl Sep 11, 2007 07:03 AM

            I thought it originally meant to be called 'Rice', which although not too imaginitive, is consistent with 'Flour' and much better in my opinion.

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              9lives RE: jonship Sep 11, 2007 07:12 AM

              The current issue of Stuff @ Night says it's going to be named Myers and Chang's

            2. re: elcaminogirl
              hiddenboston RE: elcaminogirl Sep 11, 2007 07:12 AM

              What were they thinking? House of Yum sounds like the kind of place you go to at 2 in the morning to get rid of a hangover.

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                jonship RE: hiddenboston Sep 11, 2007 07:17 AM

                Maybe I was wrong with 'House of Yum'. I've changed the title above in case. But that is what was posted in their window for a few weeks. Possibly a description and not a name?
                Still, whatever it's called - is it opening?

              2. re: elcaminogirl
                StriperGuy RE: elcaminogirl Sep 11, 2007 09:42 AM

                Radius having jumped the shark a few years back and personally I have never been particularly impressed by Flour, House of Yum will probably not be high on my list.

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                  Spike RE: elcaminogirl Sep 11, 2007 12:23 PM

                  LOL. That was my exact thought when I drove by it. Sounds more like some lame-o chinese restaurant in the boonies :-)

                  In Improper Bostonian, the name was mentioned as Myers&Chang which also sounds uninventive. Why would you even think it's an asian restaurant w/ that kind of name? ;-)
                  Myers also looks like Chang's much older "uncle" in that photo, if you know what I mean ;-)

                  1. re: Spike
                    hiddenboston RE: Spike Sep 11, 2007 12:31 PM

                    Come to think of it, I actually like the name House of Yum better than Myers & Chang. House of Yum sounds like the kind of place you'd go if you had a fairly rough night; Myers & Chang sounds like a place you'd need to contact if you had a REALLY rough night. :-D

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                  C. Hamster RE: jonship Sep 14, 2007 10:58 AM

                  They are married, too, if I recall.

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                    MC Slim JB RE: C. Hamster Sep 14, 2007 01:44 PM

                    Engaged, I believe.

              3. MC Slim JB RE: jonship Sep 11, 2007 07:23 AM

                It will definitely be called Myers+Chang, though I wonder why Myers' name came first.

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                  Alcachofa RE: MC Slim JB Sep 11, 2007 07:38 AM

                  Cuz he's got the "dough".

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                    hoplover RE: Alcachofa Sep 11, 2007 11:17 AM

                    Alcahofa that was funny but true!

                2. yumyum RE: jonship Sep 11, 2007 09:18 AM

                  Why all the hate for House of Yum? That's my house!

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                    jonship RE: jonship Sep 14, 2007 10:15 AM

                    According to another post the answer is Monday (September 17th).

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                      hsquare2southend RE: jonship Sep 14, 2007 11:13 AM

                      I peeked in the window this morning- it looks good! It actually looks like a diner, which is kind of neat.

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                      gator14 RE: jonship Sep 14, 2007 02:48 PM

                      Just read about this place in "Stuff @ night":

                      "...fiances Christopher Myers and Joanne Chang have the right idea, pooling their respective skills to open Myers + Chang (1144 Washington street, Boston, 617.532.5200). Myers, co-owner of Radius, Via Matta, and Great Bay, and Chang, owner of two uber-sweet Flour bakeries, are planning a low-lit, funky Chinese diner, scheduled for a mid-September opening in the South End. The price point will be low to moderate for the eatery's 'fresh, bright, addictive' Asian-inspired dishes; sample menu items include Mama Chang's pork-and-chive dumplings, lemony shrimp potstickers, and Thai ginger-chicken salad, while the bar will feature libations with an Eastern feel, including a lychee-and-Champagne cocktail and Chinese sangria."

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                        Peanut23 RE: gator14 Nov 11, 2007 02:42 PM

                        I went last night, it was delicious! Joanne is super sweet!

                        Lucky its so close by, and its very resonably priced~!

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                          bear RE: Peanut23 Nov 12, 2007 05:16 AM

                          What did you have?

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                            twentyoystahs RE: bear Nov 12, 2007 06:00 AM

                            We had an EXCELLENT meal there Sat night. 4 of us got there just a little after 6 and we were seated immediately.
                            We had the following:
                            2 orders of the scallion pancakes
                            1 order of the lemony shrimp dumplings
                            2 orders of the dan dan noodles
                            1 order of the chicken lettuce wraps
                            1 order of the beef & broccoli chow fun

                            Everything was really tasty and fresh....I esp liked the dan dan noodles (which is why we added another order..) The scallion pancakes were deep fried morsels of goodness...Beef and broccoli chow fun was really flavorful and the chicken lettuce wraps came with chunks of white meat chicken slathered in hoisin sauce w/water chestnuts --all really good.
                            Service was excellent....we had 2 glasses of wine and 2 beers --I believe the total was somewhere just under $100 for 4...so...certainly not cheap...and no leftovers...portions are fairly tiny...but, delicious.

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                        tfun73 RE: jonship Nov 19, 2007 03:05 AM

                        Hi we have been there several times and think the food is unique and delicious. Love the cool atmosphere and laid back vibe.

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                          woman RE: tfun73 Mar 5, 2008 01:21 PM

                          I have been there several times and I love it. I like the atmosphere and especially the fun mix of music!! portions are perfect for sharing so you can try a bunch of dishes. A few bottles of sake and some friends and it is a great night!!

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                          hugesunglasses RE: jonship Mar 24, 2008 10:13 AM

                          went last night. go there. immediately. it was great. they really hit the nail right on the head. food, service, drinks, atmosphere. it was just terrific.

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