Finally, the story can be told. (<< an unnecessarily dramatic intro to this blog post)
We've been asked repeatedly by stymied banh mi lovers in the last month or so what happened to Yum-Mì Sandwiches, and though rumors have swirled and various denials of going out of business have been issued, we've finally gotten to the bottom of it. (Understandably, we hadn't wanted to report that Yum-Mi was closed before we knew for sure.)
Yum-Mì, originally opened by some of the folks from Pho 88, changed hands a while back and was then operated by some people from King Cajun. When we reviewed it shortly after opening, we praised the menu's mix of traditional and updated banh mi but felt some items could have been executed better.
However, despite a cadre of devoted fans, business continued to decline, and about six weeks ago the restaurant went dark. We heard several different stories about why: They were remodeling, they were changing the menu, they were on vacation – all claiming that Yum-Mi would eventually reopen.
Sorry, Shimmy-Shaker fans: ain't happening. The good news is that