Sayvepen Sengsavang displays one of his signature dishes at Mu Noi Brunch in Auburn in 2020. The restaurant closed in the summer of 2021 to focus on growth in Bethel. Andree Kehn/Sun Journal file photo

BETHEL — The owners of Mu Noi Brunch closed the popular Center Street restaurant in June after almost a year in business to focus on their original Bethel location, teasing at the time about opportunities for growth.

That growth is almost official: Le Mu Eats is moving from a food trailer on Mechanic Street into the former home of DiCocoa’s Bakery and Cafe at 119 Main St.

DiCocoa’s closed in July after 26 years when the owner retired.

Le Mu’s opening plans will be announced soon, with the new space featuring a long bar made out of thousands of epoxied chopsticks.

The menu features both Laotian-American and modern American cuisine.

“We’re excited to have planted roots and can’t wait to get back to serving our community,” said Elise Sengsavang, who owns the restaurant with her husband, Sayvepen. “We will be sure to bring back some Le Mu Eats favorites and, with an expanded kitchen and four permanent walls around it, we can’t wait to share all the new dishes we’ve been working on.”

The hours will be Thursday to Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for brunch service.

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