Junzi Kitchen’s American-Chinese Pop-Up Will Become a Permanent NYC Restaurant – Eater NY

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Nice Day will live on as a permanent restaurant

Nice Day, the popular Chinese-American pop-up from the Junzi team, has found a permanent home in Greenwich Village. After a successful three months of business, the pop-up has graduated to permanent restaurant status, a spokesperson for the company says, and will take over the Junzi Kitchen space at 170 Bleecker Street, at Sullivan Street.

Similar to the pop-up, the full-blown restaurant will focus on American-Chinese takeout and delivery classics, like General Tso’s chicken, beef and broccoli, and fried chicken wings. The new restaurant will also serve as a model for the ambitious plan Junzi Kitchen unveiled last year to save the city’s ailing Chinese takeout restaurants. Following a $5 million fundraising round, the company hopes to modernize several restaurants at risk of closing and enable them to continue serving American-Chinese food.

Since its launch in 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut, Junzi Kitchen co-founders Yong Zhao and Wanting Zhang have opened four locations of the restaurant in Manhattan and quickly established Junzi’s reputation as one of the city’s most popular fast-casual spots. In an April 2019 interview, the founders shared plans to open as many as 20 Junzi locations across the city. Nice Day is the team’s latest effort in its ongoing plan to expand. The Greenwich Village restaurant is now open seven days a week, with delivery available below 45th Street in Manhattan.

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— Williamsburg hangout Union Pool will be temporarily closing starting on November 12, with plans to reopen in March 2021.

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