WORCESTER – The owners of the popular Kenichi Asian Bistro on Shrewsbury Street and its sister restaurant, Sake Bomb on Park Avenue, have taken ownership of the former Ho Toy Luau restaurant at 401 Park Ave and will re-open the location in September under the name Wan Wan Asian Bistro.

Ho Toy Neon Sign/Photo: Mapquest

The 4,000 square foot restaurant was taken over in late 2017 by brothers Kenny and Bobby Huang, owners of K + B Real Estate, and co-owners of Kenichi and Sake Bomb.

According to Kenny Huang, the interior of the building will receive some much-needed renovations.

“The building has been there a long time. We need to change it. People need to walk in the door and see something new,” Kenny Huang said in a recent interview with ThisWeekinWorcester.com.

According to Kenny, they will keep the traditional Chinese food items on the Wan Wan menu that could be found at the former Ho Toy, but will add new items that reflect the menus of both Kenichi and Sake Bomb [opened in 2014].

“The market has changed. People are looking for something new,” Kenny said. “We will bring the same things people really like from Kenichi and Sake Bomb, but keep what [Ho Toy] did well.”

The purchase of the building, which was built in 1920 and is still currently owned by Stephen Chin, has been in the works for a full year as the Ho Toy transitioned out of the building. Ho Toy officially closed in late January 2018. The sale of the building to the Huangs is under agreement, but terms of the agreement were not released.

According to Huang, the Wan Wan signage outside of the building will be similar to the classic Ho Toy sign pictured above.

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Patrick Sargent is the founder and lead reporter for ThisWeekinWorcester.com. He was born and raised on Grafton Hill and is a graduate of Holy Name high school and Worcester State University. Over the past two years, he worked as a contributing reporter for the Worcester Sun. Previous to that, over the course of several years, he had stints with GoLocalWorcester, Worcester Magazine, the Leominster Champion and Fitchburg Pride. He is the owner of Sargent Media, LLC and can be contacted at [email protected] or 774-232-1223.

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