A. D. Amorosi profiles restaurateur Billy Wong and his latest partnership, Ly Michaels in Chinatown.
Hospitality was always his strength, even after Plate in NoLibs closed nine months after its 2005 opening. Though Wong loved that project, he didn’t want to “do anything half-assed. My silent partners wanted to do something else.” Turns out, so did he. Wong had never operated in Chinatown, an area he wants to see expand. “Chinatown never had a lounge or late-night bar to go with food,” he says.