DooWee's @ Monroe in Cambridge Closed Indefinitely after a Brief Soft-Opening
A now-closed Somerville restaurant that was reborn a few days ago in Cambridge is now closed due to a decision made on the space by the city's License Commission.
Eater Boston is reporting that DooWee's @ Monroe has shut down after beginning a soft opening August 1, with Duy Tran--who is behind the Asian eatery--saying on an Instagram post that the place is closed "indefinitely." Late last month, Cambridge Day mentioned that the Monroe nightclub--which is where DooWee's is set up--was facing a seven-day suspension and the prospect of changing its closing time from 2:00 AM to 12:00 AM because of a series of violent incidents at the Mass. Ave. club. (The people behind Monroe were allowed to appeal the decision.)
Duy Tran had been hoping to have a grand opening of DooWee's @ Monroe on September 1.
The address for DooWee's @ Monroe is 450 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA, 02139.
[August 16 update: DooWee's @ Monroe remains shut down, and an Instagram post from Duy Tran indicates that he may be looking to move on at this point, as he has met with several restaurant groups and vendors and has signed on to do a seafood restaurant, while also taking control of Bao Nation in Cambridge's Central Square and setting up a popup at Whisky Saigon in Boston's Theatre District.]
[September 8 update: DooWee's @ Monroe is still shut down and appears that it may be done, as Duy Tran now says on his Instagram page that a new place called DooWee's Night Market is coming soon to an undisclosed location. In addition, Tran says in an Instagram post that he has indeed teamed up with One World Cuisine to run Bao Nation, saying that he will feature Asia-style street foods with a walk-up window set up and possibly offering such items as baos, wings, yakitori skewers, and poutine cones. Tran also says that the place will have influences from Asian night markets, but it is not yet known if DooWee's Night Market and Bao Nation will end up being one and the same (he does say that he is in the process of securing a restaurant space).]
[September 23 update: It appears that the DooWee's @ Monroe is officially history (and Monroe nightclub is apparently still closed), but Eater Boston states that Duy Tran will officially take over the menu at Bao Nation on Tuesday, September 27, with the eatery having a walk-up window for the late-night crowd.]
Duy Tran Is Opening DooWee's Cambridge within Monroe Space in Central Square
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