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Mister Mao Restaurant Set To Open In Uptown New Orleans This July

By Emma Colosia

Mister Mao Restaurant Set To Open In Uptown New Orleans This July

You’ve got a date this Saturday, July 24.

Mister Mao, the highly-anticipated restaurant from Chef Sophina Uong and husband/partner William “Wildcat” Greenwell is set to officially open to the public in New Orleans’ Uptown neighborhood on Saturday, July 24. With a bar and lounge seating 25; a vibrant and lively dining room; and an interactive Chef’s Counter, Mister Mao will be the perfect perch to gather with friends and family for an evening filled with creative, “inauthentic” food and killer cocktails.

Mister Mao will serve as Uong’s canvas – a place where the Cambodian-American Chef will artistically meld her expertise in collaborative cooking tradition from across the globe with her creative dissection of the Southern plate.

After fleeing with her family as a toddler, from war-torn Cambodia, finding refuge in Long Beach, California, the self-taught chef grew up surrounded by families and friends of all backgrounds and spent her time in kitchens, watching as mothers cooked traditional American suppers with delicious pot roast and abuelas made tortillas and stewed Mexican guisados. Since then, Uong has worked in some of the San Francisco Bay Area’s most acclaimed restaurants including Waterbar, Revival Bar + Kitchen, Calavera and Absinthe Brasserie. In 2016, Uong was named Food Network’s Chopped “Grill Master Napa Champion” and soon after, was tapped to manage Andrew Zimmern’s Lucky Cricket restaurant in Minneapolis.

The 1,400 square feet restaurant and bar, situated in the former Dick & Jenny’s space, has been transformed into a tropical roadhouse with funky décor, bright colors, and ample seating options. Guests will enter through the bar on Jena Avenue, where a cozy lounge and bar seating for 25 make for a perfect meet-up spot before a show at Tipitinas; a girls’ night out; or a relaxed date night.

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Where: 📍4501 Tchoupitoulas St

Hours: ⏰ Thursday-Monday 5:00pm-10:00pm

Featured photo by Mister Mao.