Friday, March 23, 2018

The Brothers Hsu to Open "Lazy Betty" in Honor of Their Hard-Working Mother

Howard Hsu and his brother Ron plan to open "Lazy Betty," a new chef-driven restaurateur adjacent to their Sweet Auburn BBQ on North Highland Avenue in Poncey Highland.  The restaurant, named for their mother Betty, will open in place of Soul Vegetarian No. 2.  Little is known about the concept thus far, but the restaurant's Facebook page describes it as a "chef driven restaurant introducing a new southern cuisine."
At left, Howard and sister Anita with brother Ron and mother Betty - Photo Mia Yakel 

Fulton County property records indicate that the Hsus purchased the building which houses Sweet Auburn and where Lazy Betty is opening in December 2013.  Hsu & Hsu Investments Inc. paid about $1.3 million for the parcel, which property records indicate is only about .14 acres.  The building, marked as "The Chelsea Building," with lettering on the grounds of the entrance, was built in 1920 and opened in 1921.  

The original Soul Vegetarian on Ralph David Abernathy as well as the North Highland Avenue location remain open.  It's unclear when the approximately 1,600 square foot North Highland location will close, or if it will reopen elsewhere.   

In early 2014, The Hsus opened Sweet Auburn BBQ, an extension of their original location in the Sweet Auburn Curb Market, in place of Leslie & Hector Santiago's Pura Vida, which closed in late 2012.  

Ron's LinkedIn page indicates that in addition to being part owner in Sweet Auburn BBQ, he was previously Executive Chef at Le Colonial Restaurant and Senior Sous Chef/Consultant Chef at Le Bernardin, both upscale restaurants in New York City.  

Are you excited for the addition of another "chef-driven" restaurant to the Poncey Highland neighborhood?  Will you miss Soul Vegetarian?  Do you still miss Pura Vida?

Please share your thoughts below.  

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I miss Pura Vida. They had some really good dishes - mussels were the best.