Chef Guy Wong is adding two new concepts to his suddenly rapidly growing restaurant empire. After opening Miso Izakaya in the Old 4th Ward in early 2009, Guy has steadily gained a following in both the industry and in the city.
Last year, Guy partnered with Mike Blum of Chow Baby to craft the menu for Yum Bunz, a new restaurant serving assorted bao pastry buns filled with meats and desserts. The restaurant has been plagued by contractor and architectural delays, but I'm told the opening is projected for the middle of next month.
Guy seems determined to stay as busy as possible and is embarking on two additional restaurant projects.
TON TON Ramen + Yakitori Bar is scheduled to open early this fall within the upcoming Krog Street Market in Inman Park. The new restaurant will feature Guy's now famous ramen as well as binchotan charcoal kushiyaki (skewered meats and vegetables). The 1100 square foot full service restaurant will feature a Japanese counter.
Guy will also open Big Boss Chinese in Decatur later this fall. Big Boss, an ode to the 1971 Bruce Lee film of the same name, will feature authentic Cantonese cuisine in a full service restaurant. The kitchen will be helmed by Guy's uncle who is relocating from China to open the restaurant. Guy will cook part time at Big Boss but will remain full time at Miso. The restaurant will also feature dim sum and other Chinese favorites.
Big Boss will be 2200 square feet and open near the intersection of Church Street and East Ponce de Leon Avenue. Guy hopes to have the restaurant open late this fall.
While Guy is a leader, not a follower, in terms of his cuisine, in opening in both Decatur and the Krog Street Market, he is seemingly shadowing chef Ford Fry. Fry opened his popular No. 246 in 2011 in Decatur, and earlier this year announced plans to open a new Mexican eatery in the Krog Street Market.