Yesterday Bret Thorn seemingly debunked Gael Greene’s assertion that Michael Huynh left Bun because he wasn’t getting along with his partners and was opening a noodle shop near his other joint Mai House. Thorn had it from the restaurant that Huynh was merely on vacation. Bun’s publicist, Sam Firer, e-mailed something to that effect: “Michael just came back from Vietnam last night and he’s a wee bit surprised to find out he’s left two of his restaurants. He hasn’t. Just a malicious rumor.” However now the Insatiable Critic, who started all of this in the first place, hears from Huynh that although he considered leaving the restaurant, he decided he didn’t want to lose his investment.
“I want to see if I can work it out,” he said [to Gael], “I have bad luck there. I worked so hard. I’m very unhappy. Maybe I’ll buy them out,” he mused. “I’ll know more in two weeks.”
As for the noodle shop, it turns out there’s nothing in the works. We’d be lying if we said we didn’t see disaster down the road back when they blasted “Who Let the Dogs Out?”
Short Order [Insatiable Critic]
Stop the Presses! Chef Goes on Vacation [Food Writer’s Diary/Nation’s Restaurant News]
Related: Bun Asks the Age-Old Question: ‘Who Let the Dogs Out?’