The proprietors of popular Ridgewood Vietnamese restaurant Bun-Ker are gearing up to open a new restaurant in a large industrial space at 99 Scott Ave. in Bushwick-East Williamsburg. Chef/owner Jimmy Tu, 39, tells Eater that his team will take advantage of the larger space by offering an expanded menu of traditional Vietnamese food, a cocktail menu inspired by the tropical fruits of Vietnam, and a cold-pressed juice bar. The small kitchen of the current location, whose dining room seats just 24 people, is limiting, he says. The new space will be larger, seating about 70 people. “There was always a bunch of items that I wanted on this menu, but I couldn’t because of the space and the kitchen and the size of our restaurant,” Tu says. “I’m excited to be able to showcase that [in the new location].” [Read more…]
The local Community Board was being very cautious about its tenants at 99 Scott Avenue, but have approved Bun-ker’s application. This is very good news since the restaurant’s current location in Ridgewood is routinely too crowded to even get seated:
The Williamsburg panel’s liquor license committee okayed a Vietnamese restaurant’s bid to open inside an industrial building at 99 Scott Ave. on Monday — but warned it better not see a repeat of the late-night raves that took place at the same property earlier this year, which members claim were rowdy and poorly regulated.
“Ninety-nine Scott is a big problem,” said committee member Tom Burrows.
The committee unanimously approved hip Queens restaurant Bunker Vietnamese’s application to open a new outpost at the site on the corner of Randolph Street, but only after the eatery’s owners — who are leasing the space — distanced themselves from the location’s party-hearty history. The full board subjected a winery applying to open on the site to a similar grilling in August, though ultimately approved that license as well.
Locals are still smarting after building owner Bushwack Capital rented the then-vacant space out over the summer to party promoters Reynard Productions — which runs a restaurant at Williamsburg’s Wythe Hotel — and City Fox, now notorious for its thwarted attempt to hold a rave at a toxic Greenpoint factory last month. [Read more…]