Regarding the State of the Lao-Lo Empire

Kenny Lao
Kenny Lao

Midtown Lunch was a little skeptical that Rickshaw Dumpling Bar would leave the West Village for midtown (that’s what Anita Lo told us her plan was, after the closing of Bar Q). But Lo’s partner, Kenny Lao, has jumped into the comments to set the record straight (“A high density of people that support our truck in midtown makes us really want to put in a brick and mortar store up there”) and to defend what some midtowners believe are inflated dumpling prices: “It really is what’s inside that counts thus we use Bell and Evan’s chicken, locally grown Hudson Valley duck and organic edamame in our dumplings.” Meanwhile, a restaurateur tells Eater that Lo’s mainstay, Annisa, was recently shopped to him. Of course, Lo told us that it’s still thriving (and back in December, she seemed determined to add more trucks to her Rickshaw fleet) so we’ll have to wait and see what becomes of it all.

Rickshaw Dumpling Responds to the Haters [Midtown Lunch]
Troubling Signs: Anita Lo’s Annisa Getting Shopped? [Eater]