Now is the time to take advantage of Flowers of Vietnam, the popular Asian-inspired pop-up-to-permanent concept in Vernor Coney Island. The weekend-only eatery is scheduled to shutter temporarily next month to undergo $350,000 in renovations, The Detroit Free Press first-reports. Chef/owner George Azar says the plans call for knocking out a wall and expanding the dining room to include a full bar. The restaurant will also take advantage of a large patio with garden space for growing herbs. The upgrades will more than double the restaurant’s seating.
Flowers has tapped the Et al design firm to help develop the look of the building. Apparently Azar’s project has also drawn new investment from Zingerman’s co-founder Paul Saginaw and the partners are working on acquiring funding through Motor City Match and the Detroit Development Fund. The eatery is slated to close on July 3, and, with any luck good, could be back for expanded weeknight dinner service by the end of the year.