BaoBao Open On Westminster Street Downtown
The long-awaited Tom’s BaoBao is now open on Westminster Street. And bao (steamed buns) is the only thing they serve. Gail Ciampa announced the opening yesterday in the ProJo,
The Providence restaurant, in the Kinsley Building, features 55 stools and communal table seats. There’s a large glass window that looks into the kitchen so that guests can watch the baoists, chef artisans, at work. All of the restaurant’s baoists have apprenticed for at least three months to perfect their technique. Many traveled to China for training.
Location, location, location. Tom’s BaoBao (which just opened its first U.S. location in Harvard Square) is adjacent to the lovely Grace Church. More importantly, this new foodie destination is just up the street from Aurora and Grant’s Block, and just around the corner from both AS220 and JWU.
Tom’s BaoBao should be a big success in this space — it sure was hopping today, and with a reassuring percentage of Asian patrons. The front of the shop is all windows where pedestrians will see stacks of bao steamers and baoists hard at work.
If I’m not mistaken, the ground floor of the nearby Lapham Building — a few doors down, same side — will soon be another eatery with French doors onto an extra-wide sidewalk for tables and chairs. I’m going to go out on a limb here and declare that Westminster Street downtown has now reached critical mass.
Open Monday thru Friday: 10am to 11pm/Saturday: 10am to 9pm/Sunday: 11am to 8pm. Dumplings are priced at $3 or $4 with occasional specials.
Tom’s BaoBao, 326 Westminster Street, (directions)