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Sep 8, 2009 07:20 AM

Changes at Banq pending

From a friend of a friend: Banq will go on a brief hiatus to slightly reconfigure the bar and dining room (moving the bar from the front to the side) and redo the menu. New chef in, taking the fusion concept in a more Northeast Asian direction.

The one part of that very cool design I never liked was the cramped bar area, so that sounds like a good idea. I imagine the old menu was not drawing a lot of repeat business back in: that's a decent-sized dining room to fill, and I don't think Banq made the short list of South End places that were staying busy on weeknights despite the recession.

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  1. When will they be closing? How long will do they think the renovations will take?

    1. It's happening sometime this month, for a couple of weeks, I believe.

      1. I never really like the whole design of the place. Felt like I was in the belly of the whale.

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        1. re: StriperGuy

          The interior design is not changing; they're just reconfiguring the floor a bit. (I still think it's one of the cooler-looking rooms in town, though it gets a bit loud.)

        2. A couple of additional details tweeted by Devra First at the Globe: Banq will be renamed Ginger Park; the new exec chef is Patricia Yeo.

          Yeo is probably best known for helming NYC restaurant AZ, but also Pazo, Sapa (all since clsoed) and a short-lived stint at the revived Monkey Bar. Historically, her food is pretty intricately plated, creative, and very fusion-y. AZ was a critical darling; her subsequent restaurants have been increasingly less well-received. This sort of looks like a fresh start in the provinces.

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          1. re: MC Slim JB

            "A fresh start in the provinces" well said.

            1. re: MC Slim JB

              Just got a FB tweet: 3 more nights left as Banq; grand opening of Ginger Park next week (day not specified).

              1. re: hsquare2southend

                Why is it they never let me order appetizers from their bar menu in the dining room? Is this normal practice for the restaurant industry? I still order the the main dish but their main dining room appetizer selections is just aweful.

                1. re: joebloe

                  Many restaurants do this. Annoying, but not uncommon.


                2. re: hsquare2southend

                  Chris Haynes publicizing friends and family night this Sunday and Monday.

                  1. re: hsquare2southend

                    Via Twitter, official opening of Ginger Park set for Friday Sept 25.


                3. What's northeast asian? Korea and Japan?

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                  1. re: joebloe

                    In restaurant terms, I use Northeast Asia as shorthand for China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, and I suppose Mongolia, as distinct from Southeast Asia: Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, The Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia.

                    South Asia is something else again, generally referring to India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.