Flowers of Vietnam cancels its New Year's eve opening celebration


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  • George Azar.
Flowers of Vietnam will not celebrate its grand reopening on New Year's Eve as planned.

Instead it's now shooting for a mid-January opening, Eater reports.

The original plan was to hold a preview pop up dinner at El Club, but it appears that owner George Azar isn't ready for the event. Flowers of Vietnam was launched as a pop up by Azar inside Vernor Coney Island last year, but was temporarily shuttered in March with plans for a permanent space.

Chef de cuisine Andy Ngyuen, general manager Dan rice (formerly of Zingerman's) and beverage director Anna Atanassova (Tallulah Wine Bar and Bistro) will lead the restaurant with Azar.

He told Eater last month that diners can expect the same menu concept as before — creative Vietnamese dishes and full bar menu.

"We already had an identity,” Azar says. “Nothing is really going to change. We’re just going to grow bigger.”

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