When Mazu opens in the Rohan Lounge space in mid-July, it will likely be without a liquor license of any kind, an unusual move for a restaurant/bar that is racing to finish renovations and get city permits to open as soon as possible. But owner KK Salamin, who worked at Rohan, says the rush is all about keeping momentum. “[Rohan Lounge] closed so abruptly and people were disappointed when it did. But it wasn’t closed because nobody was coming in. It was bad management,” Salamin said. She said the team, which includes chef (and sister) Silma Salamin and Rohan co-worker Leah Abiol, wants to make the place their own but keep Rohan’s neighborhood-international feel (and customer base). Expect to see some old best-sellers like the fried tofu, kalbi and bulgogis, as well as new pan-Asian dishes like noodles and lumpia, courtesy of chef Silma Salamin, as well as a “classic cocktails” menu of Rohan’s drinks. Until the liquor license comes in, they’ll focus on food, soft drinks, and inertia. “We’re going to rely on the fact that Rohan had such a good following. My hope is that they come in and see that the same workers are there, and they have some of the same dishes,” KK said. Check out the menu after the jump.
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