Is Patricia Yeo the Jennifer Aniston of the Restaurant World?

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Sad news: Ginger Park has gone dark. The South End restaurant, called Banq up until last year, underwent a makeover as a contemporary Asian eatery. And when it did, people were psyched. The Union Park location was great. The space was majestic. And the kitchen was helmed by likeable, big-name New York City chef Patricia Yeo. What could possibly go wrong?

At first, nothing. Not to sound all New Age-y, but we loved Ginger Parks muted vibe and Yeos positive energy. It was so quiet. So peaceful. So, so cavernous and empty. Even despite the killer duck confit and Chinese sausage fried rice sunny side-up egg. So why no love for Yeo?

Shes so darn likeable, and sos her food. Shes been so well-known for so long. And she tries so hard! Heck, she uprooted herself for the gig after casting about for jobs in various cities like a commoner, despite her big-name cred. But shes had a rocky ride of late. Yeo who entered the culinary fray as Bobby Flays right-hand woman was formerly at Sapa and Monkey Bar in New York. Then she bounced briefly to New Yorks Broadway East, in between projects, before soldiering North. As we reported in the past, she came to Boston in part to seek a healthier work-life balance. (And a year ago, when we checked in with her post-move, she was wowed by Bostonians friendliness. Really? Geez.)

Thankfully, Yeo will rise, Aniston-like, once more. As the Feast reports, shes going to give the Ginger Park concept another go a few blocks down Washington Street, in a more intimate venue with a smaller, refocused menu. Her staffs sticking with her (gotta have friends), and she hopes to open the spot in May. Now she just needs Chelsea Handler on her side, and her new restaurant will be the biggest thing ever.

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