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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Chairman Bao Throwdown Is On; Le Truc to Host Pissed-Off Baohaus NYC Owner

Posted By on Thu, Jun 3, 2010 at 2:51 PM

click to enlarge Hugh Schick's Le Truc bustaurant expects to host New York's Eddie Huang on or around Labor Day.The above is a mockup.
  • Hugh Schick's Le Truc bustaurant expects to host New York's Eddie Huang on or around Labor Day.The above is a mockup.
Eater SF reported Tuesday that pissed-off Manhattan baoman Eddie Huang was proposing a throwdown with Chairman Bao, the Mobi Munch-operated S.F. truck Huang had accused of name poaching. It looks like that'll happen on or around Labor Day.

In the past few days, Huang had been negotiating with S.F. bustaurant startup Le Truc to host the bao throwdown ― er, bao-down. As late as this morning, Le Truc's Hugh Schick was still trying to nail down details with Mobi Munch. Meanwhile, Huang had a simple message for Village Voice food blog Fork In the Road: It's on.

click to enlarge Eddie Haung: It's on.
  • Eddie Haung: It's on.
Chairman Bao has apparently agreed to do a side-by-side bao-off with Huang, who will be guest chef at Le Truc.

"Eddie was invited as part of our visiting chef series," Schick told us. He plans to debut Le Truc at Oakland's Eat Real Festival in late August; formal launch in S.F. should follow soon after. "We will bring in a guest chef every month or two, as the chef's table set-up inside provides for a great deal of interaction between chef and patrons."

Based on his reaction to Chairman Bao, we get the feeling Huang will, indeed, offer a great deal of interaction. For his part, Schick says he's excited about the energy the bao-down will bring to the city's street-food scene. "We hope that Mobi is as excited as we are to participate," Schick said.

We're sure they're thrilled. Just thrilled.

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