Boston's Suasday to Close Following Family Bereavement, Leaving North End Culinary Scene with Uncertain Future

Boston's Suasday to Close Following Family Bereavement, Leaving North End Culinary Scene with Uncertain FutureSource:
Mitch M. Rosenthal
Published on December 08, 2023

Boston's North End culinary scene is taking a hit with the upcoming closure of Suasday, a spot that has won over locals with its Cambodian-inspired sandwiches and hearty fare. According to an email obtained by Boston Restaurants Blog, the establishment located at 227 Hanover Street will cease operations after December 22 due to a death in the family, requiring the owners to travel overseas for an indefinite period.

Despite the impending closure, the Blackfin Collective—responsible for other popular eateries such as Love Art Sushi and Poke by Love Art—has hinted at the possibility of hosting pop-up events in the space. This leaves the door open for Suasday's potential return, but as of now, details remain up in the air, as indicated in the announcement.

Since its opening in June 2022, Suasday has championed scratch cooking and a menu that effortlessly balances the demand for quick service with an authentic culinary experience deeply rooted in Cambodian tradition. Co-founders Jessica Chiep and Menghong Hak aimed to replicate the warmth of family gatherings and the meticulous care that goes into Cambodian cooking, the kind found in memories of their elders preparing meals, as described on the restaurant's website.

Chef's specials like the slow braised curry brisket and an array of fresh-ground spices have become staples, marking the eatery as a go-to for those looking for a quick yet genuine taste of Cambodia in the heart of Boston. Alongside the robust main servings, Suasday has also offered house-made beverages and desserts, including calamansi limeade, Cambodian cold brew coffee, and pandan custard treats, all of which have added to the unique dining experience, according to the restaurant's site.

While the future of Suasday remains uncertain, Boston's North End residents and Cambodian cuisine aficionados have less than a fortnight to support and savor the flavors that have made Suasday a notable and beloved culinary venture in the bustling historic neighborhood.