Chef William D’Auvray’s fantastic downtown restaurant, Fins, is no more and will soon reopen under the name bu•ku. With its name coming from the mispronunciation of the French word, beaucoup, the restaurant will continue D’Auvray’s focus on Asian-influenced food, but will emphasize a “global street food” concept. Small plates will be the norm at bu•ku in a manner “inspired by the pushcarts of street vendors.” Fortunately, the restaurant will also focus on the lunch crowd. bu•ku will have a dedicated happy hour along with a strong craft beer and artisanal cocktail program.
D’Auvray has always been one of my favorite chefs in the Triangle, but Fins struggled in its large downtown location. With this new concept, I’m hopeful that more folks will discover this amazing chef. More details to come after I get a chance to talk to Chef D’Auvray.
Edit: Interestingly, D’Auvray intends at some point to have actual street carts downtown and to offer a dim sum brunch. Now that’s very cool. The web address is www.bukuraleigh.com.