The last Los Angeles location of Take A Bao will close next week in Studio City, with the restaurant serving its final buns the day before Thanksgiving. The loss means there are no more current locations for the steamed bun mini-chain despite, operating several different spaces over the years.
From 2008 to 2016, Take A Bao provided a casual menu from the Westfield Century City Mall, but with the many changes being undertaken there the group decided to move on last year. The Studio City outlet became a more developed restaurant with a full bar in 2011, and enjoyed more than half a decade of success before the announced shutter. Ownership sends along the following note to Eater:
We’re sad to inform you that as of November 22 Take A Bao Studio City is closing. Thank you to our loyal guests for so many years of support and patronage. We loved being a part of this community and we’re truly hopeful we can find a new home.
More recently, Take A Bao’s parent company TAB Dining Group had begun the process of revamping the vacant BLD space in January. Ultimately the deal fell through, and For Lease signs still grace the windows on Beverly Boulevard. As for the Studio City location, Michael Cardenas (BOA Steakhouse, Sushi Roku) has reportedly taken over, though there’s no word yet on what he’s got planned.