New Rule: If youre planning to throw an all-you-can-drink Four Loko party at your restaurant, dont blog or tweet about it. Thats what Eddie Huang did, and now, according to Eater, he has shuttered four-month-old Xiao Ye after being hit with fines stemming from three separate raids in the past weeks, some of them involving underage undercovers. When we spoke to a State Liquor Authority rep about the initial raid, he told us that the Authority wasnt going after Huang for selling the elixir thats been compared to Satans piss (as well as 49 other things).
Nevertheless, said the rep, If you tell the Daily News youre going to have an open bar, or say youre going to cause patrons to black out, thats something wed look at. And look at it they did. Huang apparently decided to sell the restaurant before he got into deeper shizzy with the S-L-izzy, and hell now lay low at Baohaus. Its a strange move given that the chef just made a feel-good appearance with his mom (among other recent publicity hits), and according to the SLAs website, the restaurant just snagged a liquor license in October that wont expire for two years. Either way, maybe next time Huang will think twice about including an abrasive vibe in his business model (Probably not!)