Thursday, April 30, 2015

Jae's Cafe in Boston's South End to Be Replaced by Shun's Kitchen

What had once been a local group of Asian restaurants--and is now down to just one--may complete its disappearance from the restaurant scene, depending on the outcome of an upcoming hearing.

According to a licensing board page within the City of Boston website, Jae's Cafe in the South End of Boston is seeking to transfer its stock and have new officers, directors, and shareholders for the space, with the Columbus Avenue restaurant being replaced by a new spot called Shun's Kitchen. If the request is approved, this will be the final location of Jae's to shut down, as other locations in the Theatre District, Back Bay, Brookline, Cambridge, Chestnut Hill, and North Adams have also closed over the past decade or so.

Jae's Cafe, which first opened in the South End approximately 25 years ago, has been known as a spot to get a variety of  Korean, Japanese, and Thai dishes, along with other Asian fare.

The address for Jae's in the South End (and the new Shun's Kitchen) is 520 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA, 02118.

[May 6 update: The Boston Business Journal mentions that Shun Chen, who is a majority owner of Jae's in the South End, will also be a majority owner of Shun's Kitchen; the article also says that the proposed dining spot will focus more on Chinese and Japanese fare, and if given the green light by the city, could possibly open around September 1 after completing renovations to the space.]

December 16 update: Eater Boston mentions that Shun's Kitchen is now open, and it features ramen, sushi, stir-fry dishes, and more.]

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