Chef Duy “DooWee” Tran has bounced around a few different places within the last six months and has now landed in Quincy, where he will take over the kitchen at Revel Nightclub (79 Parkingway), which opened in November 2015 as a rebranding of the old Commonwealth Restaurant & Lounge. Tran’s tenure starts tonight with a soft opening, and he has a grand opening planned for mid-April.
At Revel, Tran will revive some of the dishes he’s prepared at other residencies and pop-ups, including some from his noted DooWee & Rice years in Somerville. Tran has shared hints about the menu on his social media pages, indicating that seafood will figure prominently on the menu, alongside his signature bao.
Tran will have his DooWee & Rice sauces available, plus clams, oysters, lobster, octopus, hamachi, and periwinkles (edible sea snails), among other items. He held a testing at Revel at the end of March, where he served bao after bao after bao and featured a build-your-own-poutine station, ceviche, elote, wings, chicken and rice, and his numerous sauces, per a post on Facebook.
Starting today, visitors to Revel will be able to dine on Tran’s menu from 4 to 11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and from 12 to 7 p.m. on Sunday. The restaurant seats 65 in the main dining room, and there are two outdoor spaces and a function area. Tran has indicated that this venture won’t be a pop up like his last few, noting on social media that he’s “in it for the long haul.”
Most recently, Tran appeared in Downtown Boston with DooWee’s at Umbria Prime, where he served lunch and dinner. Umbria will soon play host to a 10-day Will Ferrell-themed bar pop-up called Stay Classy. Prior to Umbria, Tran briefly took up residence at Monroe in Cambridge, but his time there was short, as the city leveled disciplinary action on the venue, which eventually closed. In addition to his new Quincy project, Tran is also developing a line of “modernized Vietnamese-style banh baos” for an undisclosed business in Dorchester, and he also sells a variety of sauces.