BANG The ever-expanding Wagas empire will soon have another foothold in the IAPM mall with BANG, a semi-trattoria with a Di Fiore Forni pizza oven, Italian Imperia pasta machine, and an outdoor terrace. Menu highlights will include asparagus taleggio and pancetta pizza, fettuccini chicken liver ragu; mussel and saffron risotto, suckling pig with figs and grapes and a “Flintstonian” 800g barbecued Australian ribeye. The grand opening is slated for March.
Chi-Q: Three on The Bund and Jean-Georges Vongerichten have joined forces to create a new Korean concept. Chi-Q will purportedly be Korean BBQ-esque as each table gets its own grill, but the offerings will be “semi-authentic” according to Vongerichten. Not all the details have been disclosed but expect kimchee, noodles, meats, seafood, and rivers of shoju. Opening’s slated for May.
Bar No. 88, we wish we hardly knew ye: If you haven’t heard, the infamous Bar No. 88 has closed down and people seem to be rejoicing. Well, except for those who enjoyed the Nyquil Dream decor, overtly hostile and incompetent staff, and exorbitant prices for alcohol we wouldn’t use to disinfect a knee scrape. We believe it was Obi Wan Kenobi who said it best: “You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.”
Piro renovation: American bar and eatery Piro will be closed from March 1st to March 27 for renovations. It reopens on March 28.
Piro // 91 Changshu Lu, near Changle Lu (常熟路91号, 近长乐路). Tel: (0)21-5403-8513. Hours: 11am-midnight.
Benjamin Cost is Shanghaiist’s Food Editor. Email tips, recommendations, and news updates on Shanghai’s dining scene to [email protected].