Thursday, May 24, 2012

New Plaza Bo Lings opens on June 11

Bo Lings makes its way across Ward Parkway on June 11.

Posted By on Thu, May 24, 2012 at 3:35 PM

The Ng family will open the doors to the new Plaza Bo Lings on June 11th.
  • The Ng family will open the doors to the new Plaza Bo Lings on June 11.

When Fat City first reported - in December of 2010 - that restaurateur Richard Ng was moving his Plaza location across Brush Creek (from the Board of Trade Building at 4800 Main to the Skelly Building at 605 West 47th Street), Ng was hoping to have the new venue completed in 2011. Last September, Richard Ng told Fat City that "things were taking a little longer than we anticipated," but predicted the restaurant would be open for Chinese New Year of 2012.

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The restaurant still isn't completed, and a peek into the unfinished but expansive dining area still looks pretty raw, although work crews are in the space daily. There's a lot of work involved in creating what may be, when it's completed, the Plaza's most palatial dining room. If the Board of Trade location - which was 20 years old - looked like a somewhat shabby set piece for a road production of Flower Drum Song, the new Bo Lings will be sumptuous and shiny, boasting sleek taupe ceramic floors and bar counters that look like marble, recessed colored lights under the counters that cast theatrical rainbows on the floors, a series of private dining rooms behind a screen of dramatic lattice doors, and even part of an old Buddhist temple that has been incorporated into the interior design.

The new kitchen looks twice as big as the one in the Board of Trade, but Ng says it's the same size: "It's just laid out more efficiently."

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"The new kitchen will have everything in it that Richard has ever wanted," says the restaurant's publicist Linda Miller Rostenberg. "There will be a circular cooking area just for Richard's collection of woks of all different sizes so the cooks can have five woks going at once." There will also be a separate area for preparing dim sum, and a seperate area for the bakery; Bo Lings launched a custom pastry operation last year.

The glamorous new Bo Lings will give Richard and Theresa Ng - two of the most successful restaurateurs in the metro - the opportunity to go head-to-head with the Arizona-based P.F. Chang's China Bistro, which is a couple of blocks east of the Skelly Building. Bo Lings loyalists kept the Board of Trade location popular for years, but P.F. Chang's was a draw for Plaza tourists who rarely venture past Brush Creek.

"It takes a long time to turn a floor of offices into a restaurant," says Rostenberg, explaining why the new Bo Lings has taken so long to open.

The Board of Trade location had been a series of restaurants, including the Buttonwood Tree and the Colony Steakhouse and Lobster Pot, before Ng opened his second Bo Lings.

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