Bon Me Will Open in Chestnut Hill December 18
Bon Me Foods has opened up shop in Fort Point, Fresh Pond, and the Boston Public Market so far this year, but the Vietnamese-inspired restaurant group isn’t done with 2015 yet. Husband-and-wife team Patrick Lynch and Ali Fong have set December 18 for the grand opening of their latest brick-and-mortar in Chestnut Hill.
The suburban village will have the local chain’s signature bahn mi sandwiches; rice, noodle, and salad bowls, with a new, hijiki seaweed salad and other to-be-determined add-ons that will be specific to the new location, co-owner Fong said. A warming Korean glass noodle soup—house-made pork broth packed with Napa cabbage, red onion, cilantro, and a sliced egg—that Bon Me serves during colder months at all its restaurants and on certain trucks will be available, as well as the lemongrass fried chicken and Japanese sweet potato fries that are permanent fixtures on Fresh Pond’s menu.
“This year has been one of tremendous growth for us on the restaurant side of the business,” Fong said. “We are going to focus on making sure we continue to serve the bold, fresh and fun Vietnamese cuisine with the quality and care customers have come to expect from us with the challenges that come with having more locations.”
The tentative hours for the new, 31-seat shop will be 11 a.m.-9 p.m. It’s headed for Chestnut Hill Square, an open-air shopping center on Route 9 that is home to Wegmans, Seasons 52, Sweetgreen, and other retail and dining options. Fong previously worked at a small, private school in Chestnut Hill, and said she is familiar with the community and “extremely excited to be [there.]” During the week after its grand opening, the newest Bon Me will host a donation drive for ATASK (Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence), Fong said.
The neighborhood can get acquainted with Bon Me this Saturday, December 5: Fong will park one of the company’s food trucks near the future storefront for a free sampling event from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Bon Me, opening this month at 210 Boylston St., Chestnut Hill; bonmetruck.com.