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Zen Yai Owner to Open Williamsburg Location After Sunnyside Fire, Vows to Return to Neighborhood
Zen Yai Owner to Open Williamsburg Location After Sunnyside Fire, Vows to Return to Neighborhood

Feb. 15, 2019 By Nathaly Pesantez

Zen Yai, the Vietnamese noodle and coffee shop that was among several Queens Boulevard businesses destroyed in a fire late last year, will soon reemerge in Williamsburg, according to the owner, who said he remains committed to one day returning to Sunnyside.

The restaurant, which opened at 45-04 Queens Blvd. two years ago before a five-alarm fire on Dec. 13 brought it and five other connecting stores down, is anticipated to open this spring at 208 Grand St., a few blocks from the Williamsburg Bridge.

The new restaurant, more than double the size of the former 30-seat location, will retain the Zen Yai name and much of the prior site’s menu, which includes varieties of pho, stirred fry noodles dishes, rice bowls, and curry. Cafe beverages like coffee and teas also formed part of the restaurant’s selections.

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