After Vietnamese chain Miss Chu went into voluntary administration in December 2014, its founder Nahji Chu came back with a modern yum cha restaurant in May of this year, called Cha Li Boi.
At the launch party in Bondi Junction, Chu took to the stage to thank everyone for believing in her, giving her the opportunity to start over. She shared with the crowd that her own mother told her not to do it, deeming her “crazy” for opening another restaurant after what happened. Four months later she has had to shutter the 285-seater.
According to Good Food, Chu parted ways with the restaurant’s investors in late July.
Cha Li Boi’s chef, dumpling guru John Leong (formerly of Billy Kwong), reportedly left not long after the restaurant’s launch.
The news of the closure comes amid a legal battle between Chu and the current owner of Miss Chu, Gabriel Machado, over the trademark of her surname, which she is using for her catering start-up, Lady Chu. Chu is also working on the launch of a sous vide product called Chu’s Just Add Water.
Nahji Chu was unavailable for comment at the time of publication.