Why We’re Closing Bo.lan
Bo.lan – Dylan Jones and Bo Songvisava’s Bangkok restaurant – helped redefine fine dining in the Thai capital. A decade and one Covid-19 pandemic later, the couple are hatching bold plans for their flagship, starting with not reopening the restaurant. But don’t be alarmed. They’re closing Bo.lan for a very good reason.
“Bo.lan, as people know it, is not going to reopen,” says Jones. “There’s going to be a complete restructure and we’re bringing everything together in the one space.”
By everything, he’s referring to the couple’s casual Chinatown eatery Err, the existing Bo.lan grocer, a chef’s table restaurant, plus a new zero-waste bar. From a financial, practical perspective, consolidating makes sense. Environmentally speaking, Jones and Songvisava say it’s a game-changer. For everyone.
“We’re going to start new initiatives and we want to get other people involved,” says Jones. “We want to make it less about us and more about a community effort.”
In a far-reaching interview with The Local Tongue, the couple outline their plans for the future and paint a bold, yet inspiring picture of what restaurants of tomorrow might look like.