Now owner Matt Holmes says BooKoo is on the cusp of doing so, expanding into part of the adjacent space occupied by Henry's Toyshop, which closed in late 2013. Holmes says he hopes to complete the expansion, which will double the restaurant's seating and allow for the installation of a dozen craft beer taps, in June.
The Asian street food restaurant first opened in December 2010 in the former Ino Sushi space as Charlie Hong Kong, a second location of Darryl and Carolyn Rudolph’s popular Santa Cruz restaurant of the same name. In August 2011, the restaurant broke away from that partnership and went through a name change and a tweak of its menu. The BooKoo name is a play on the French “beaucoup” (plentiful, bountiful) and has roots in Vietnamese slang.
As BooKoo is only taking a portion of the former Henry's Toyshop space, Holmes is looking for a subtenant for the rest of it. Interested parties can contact Holmes, a principal at Retail West, by clicking here.
The sub-leased space will become available on July 1, as Carolina Boutique, the retail shop owned by Carolina Loiacono, is moving into the space for a few months during a renovation of the building that includes Carolina and Sofia Jewelry (which has relocated a portion of its inventory into the Room Art Gallery a few doors down).
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