Yum Bunz announced via Facebook last night that they will be closing at 9:30 PM today (Thursday) and will "see you back here in 2014!"
After over a year of delays, Yum Bunz finally opened in early July. The restaurant, a partnership between Mike Blum of Chow Baby and Guy Wong of Miso Izakaya, got off to rough start early with complaints not about food, but their soda! After a deal with Atlanta-based Coca-Cola fell apart at the last minute, Blum and company partnered with rival Pepsi.
Given the large number of complaints, a Coca-Cola cooler was added in addition to the Pepsi fountain. While there was overall satisfaction with the buns, a report published in the AJC that revealed that the buns were made "in a factory" off premise did not sit well with many in the local food community. Many thought that Guy Wong's involvement in the project somehow meant that things would be made on premise and super fresh, something he is known for at Miso. Miso, of course, is a full service restaurant, with higher prices. To expect the same level of freshness or service at a quick serve concept selling buns for under two bucks is simply unreasonable.
Guy Wong tells me Yum Bunz is closing "to make changes," so hurry in today to get yourself some "Hot Steamy Bunz" before 9:30!