Mico Rodriguez Back in Business: Pinky Chan China Town?

I’m sitting here working away and Tim Rogers says to me, “Hey, Wick had lunch with Mico [Rodriguez] last week and said he was opening a new restaurant.” I asked Tim if he had any details. He said no and then proceeded to say, “It’s Pinky something and it is going to open in West Village.”

A cursory Google search turned up a link to Foodie Couture blog where Uno Immanivong, a self-described food groupie, writes about her involvement with Mico’s new venture, Pinky Chan – China Town. Check out the nut graph:

His newest creation is about an Asian concubine, Pinky, who moves from Shanghai to Paris in the 1950’s to follow her true love only to find out that he’s married with a family.  Heart broken in the “City of Love” and alone, she’s determined to make it despite her adversity.  Pinky was an entertainer, cook and seamstress in China.  Her only option was to reinvent herself in Paris. She worked at a sidewalk café as a sous chef by day, jazz lounge by night, and making her own couture apparel any spare moment she had… saving every penny to open her own place.  Her dream finally came true in 1958 with the opening of “Pinky Chan – China Town”. Pinky became a celebrity in her own right… she earned the respect of the Parisians through her day to day interactions and desire to inspire others with food, wine, and fine clothing.

I heard several months ago that Mico was looking at the vacant Tom Tom space in West Village. You can check for updates.


  • I could actually go for some Ramen about now…

  • TB

    I prefer restaurants where the emphasis is on good food, not the back story.

  • Loftygirl

    Not in a million yers would I go into business with Mico… Good luck!!!!

  • TheBrad, awesome line.

  • MrCook

    Wow. Good for Mico but what is the deal with the gal on the blog?? She drank the Kool aid.

  • AP

    Good. Because the service I got at Mi Cocina on Bishop/Plano was horrible. Stale chips. Had to ask 2 or 3 times for things….and it was a Wednedsay night. Finally told the manager.

  • JonS

    You should do a rundown of the best and worst food blogs in Dallas. Put that one in the “gag” stack.

  • I heard it was going in the old Tom Tom spot and, possibly, another location in half of the old Popolo’s spot (ATT in the other half).

  • Mike

    I’m not in the business so I assume “nut graph” is really a writers term, but I think NUT is the operative word here…

  • Twinwillow

    I hope the chop suey is going to be authentically prepared.

  • Carolyne

    We just ate at Mi Cocina on Preston/Forest and it was not good. Lately, they have stale chips and the chicken was so salty. What’s happening? I loved it when Mico owned it. 🙁

  • X

    I’d be willing to check it out. He was, and we will see, if he is still a great restratuer. It is a shame what is happening to Mi Cocina and Taco D. The cut’s in food quality have been noticeable and the last few times I visited the ones at West Vill, the restrooms have been thoroughly disgusting. At least Mico always demenaded a clean restaurant. Aside from the food quality, the lack of clealiness is the most glaring deficiency.

  • alicia

    The idea behind this restaurant offends me a little, as an Asian-American.