Opened in 1995, Betelnut is preparing to end its two decade tenure on Sunday. The spot, where from 2001 on Chef Alexander Ong's Asian street food-inspired items like beggar's chicken have been beloved by diners and food critics alike, has been operating on a month-to-month lease. And finally, as TableHopper reports, that lease went up and was not renewed by the building owner.
Betelnut did take a brief hiatus in 2013 during an abortive revamp as Hutong, covered back then by Inside Scoop. Unfavorable reviews caused the team to revert quickly to the original, classic concept, as Eater wrote at the time. Ong left the operation soonafter.
As restaurant partner Bill Higgins said, “We had a good run, with many periods of glory—the restaurant was emulated by many, and accomplished a lot. And it was a lot of fun. I think we showed many people a great time.”
Betelnut, 2030 Union Street between Webster and Buchanan Streets