Bao Hiroo

The Arts District restaurant explosion continues with the opening of chef Hiroo Nagahara’s love letter to bao, the doughy, billowy steamed buns found across Asian cuisines.

Armed with his mother’s recipes, Nagahara’s Bao Hiroo serves up everything bao, including sweet, savory, baked and fried takes on the dish. The first night of full service was Thursday, June 6, and the fast-casual spot is open for lunch, dinner and late nights. Cocktails are also on the menu.

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This isn’t Nagahara’s first stint in the Arts District, as he previously was at The Chairman. Mass Architecture and Design worked on the spot that has an open floor plan and local art on the walls.

Bao Hiroo is open 11:30 a.m.-2 a.m. Monday-Saturday.At 905 E. Second St or

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