In a surprise announcement on the Baoism WeChat channel about a couple of hours ago, owner and food-entrepreneur Alex Xu said his thanks to his staff, his customers and his family, before declaring Baoism’s last day would be January 26.
No other explanation beyond that but we got in touch with him to ask why, Alex.
"Nothing really happened. Nothing devastating happened. I think it's just time to call time on the business for me personally, and we were looking at the viability of this project long-term, and it just didn't work out.”
This place got a lot of love from the expat community but that's rarely enough in Shanghai. And being in the basement in Hubindao probably didn’t help much. This place would’ve killed on a pedestrian street.
So there you have it, Shanghai. You neglected Baoism and now it’s gone. We hope you’re happy now. You monsters.
But Alex has shining words for you ingrates; “you have been there, you gave us your love, you won us best new restaurant, and you motivated us to be our best everyday. Thank you.”
Up next for him? A break and then dunno, something hush-hush in Yunnan.
They’re still serving baos and noodles down there until Thursday. If you’ve never been, you owe it to yourself to grab a hongshao carnita and a bowl of noodles before they’re gone forever.