Sichuan Garden II in Woburn Is Expanding; New Bar Being Added Upstairs
A Chinese restaurant north of Boston whose bar is often mentioned as one of the best in the entire region is expanding, with a second bar opening within the space.
According to a Facebook post from Ran Duan, who is mixologist and owner/operator of Sichuan Garden II at The Baldwin in Woburn, a new bar area will be built in the space upstairs where a ballroom currently resides, with Duan telling us that the room will be a lounge with a capacity of 45; included will be six tables for dining, leather couches in the middle, a service-only bar with no seating, and mahogany panels set up in a vintage library style. It appears that the revamped room will serve as overflow for both the bar downstairs and the current dining areas and that a full dinner menu will be offered for those seated at the tables, according to Duan.
Sichuan Garden II has been featured on our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants) as a spot that offers both authentic Chinese food and Chinese-American fare along with outstanding cocktails and hard-to-find beers in an historic mansion that dates back to the 1600s. (Ed note: Another location of Sichuan Garden can be found in Brookline Village.) The review can be found at this link:
If all goes as planned, the new bar could be ready sometime in the fall.
[October 20 update: Boston Magazine reports that the new upstairs bar at Sichuan Garden II at The Baldwin is now up and running on a limited basis. (It is only open on Friday and Saturday nights and by reservation only--it should have more regular hours by the end of the month.)]
[November 3 update: The Tables section of The Boston Globe states that the upstairs section of Sichuan Garden II officially opens a week from Thursday (November 12).]
The address for Sichuan Garden II at The Baldwin is 2 Alfred Street, Woburn, MA, 01801. Its website is at http://sichuangardenrestaurant.com/
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[Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Twelve Food Items from Asian Restaurants in the Boston Area]