Gu’s Kitchen is open in the former Yong He Zhi Jia space next to Pho Bac at the Orient Center in Chamblee. The restaurant is currently only open until 5 p.m. every day, except Monday. Owner Yvonne Gu Khan tells Eater Atlanta they plan to expand dining hours in the future, but want to focus on the food and service during the first few weeks.
The opening of the new restaurant marks the return of Gu’s to Buford Highway, following the closure of the much-loved Gu’s Bistro in 2015. The family behind the mini Sichuan empire opened Gu’s Dumplings in Krog Street Market later that year, and plans to open a second location inside the food hall of Forsyth County mega-development Halycon next year. Gu’s Dumplings did have a stall at Braves SunTrust Park. The family closed that location.
“Our opening went great. It was great to see a lot of Gu’s Bistro regulars,” Khan says of the restaurant’s first weekend.
The dining room at Gu’s Kitchen is smaller than the family’s former bistro, with seating for around 40 people. The smaller space added to their decision to keep hours limited for now.
“We will have two menus. One for weekdays and another for weekends. Weekdays have combos with white rice and vegetable of the day, while the dinner will be a la carte,” says Khan. “My parents will periodically bring in favorites like Spicy Crispy Fish and Tea Smoked Duck.”
The menu is definitely a mix of Gu’s Dumplings and the bistro’s greatest hits, with a few new dishes. Gu’s wildly popular chengdu cold noodles, Zhong-style dumplings, and spicy dried eggplant were the first to make the new menu.
Diners order at the counter and food is brought to the table or prepared for takeout.
Take a look at the menus:
Temporary hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 10 a.m to 5 p.m.
4897 Buford Highway NE, Chamblee. guskitchen.com.