Last week, SE Division’s Whiskey Soda Lounge removed the weekend brunch hours from its website, and owner Andy Ricker confirms with Eater his one-of-a-kind Southeast Asian breakfast is no more. “It was purely a business decision,” the Pok Pok owner says. “Division Street is flush with more standard breakfast and brunch choices that the local people prefer, and places like Ha & VL and Rose VL already have folk's hearts and minds (including mine) when it comes to Southeast Asian breakfast options.”
The brunch kicked off summer 2016 at Whiskey Soda Lounge, and it received a bit of fanfare from PoMo in particular. The publication announced Ricker’s Sen Yai would close but that it wasn’t “dead yet,” as many of its dishes were headed to Whiskey Soda Lounge. Now it appears those beloved noodle dishes are on their way out.
Ricker says the whole experience has let him focus more on what the restaurant “is truly about.” That means you’ll find new menu items from his forthcoming cookbook at the restaurant, like Khua Haem. Ricker describes the dish as “a Northern Thai dry-fried dish of aromatics, chiles, and chicken wings.”