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Tsai's unlikely co-stars: the Wellesley selectmen

Posted by Ralph Ranalli September 18, 2007 07:36 AM

Ming Tsai is looking to expand in Wellesley
(Globe staff photo by Bill Polo)


If you were flipping through your cable channels and saw celebrity chef Ming Tsai was on cable television last night, you probably thought it was his public television show, "Simply Ming."

Instead Tsai was on local access, making a command appearance before the Wellesley Board of Selectmen, seeking a modification of his license to operate his popular restaurant, Blue Ginger, near the center of downtown Wellesley. Tsai said he has acquired space adjoining his current site on Washington Street and will use it to create dining rooms for private parties, expanding the seating capacity by 20 or 30 seats, from its current 120. Tsai said he also hopes to double the patio space in front of the award-winning restaurant for outdoor dining.

Two residents who live nearby expressed concerns about potential problems with sewer back-ups, noise, and parking congestion. Another expressed support for the business, which has attracted attention and publicity for downtown Wellesley since 1998.

The Selectmen agreed to postpone its vote for one week in order to assess the impact of the expansion on the sewer system.

-- Lisa Keen

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