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Contempo Bakery in Quincy reopens as Rubato – a ‘modern Kong Kong cafe’


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The Contempo owner passed the restaurant space on to her son, who reopened the bakery as a cafe with his wife.

Joyce Chan, owner of Contemp Bakery in Quincy, gave the space to her son, Laurence Louie, and his wife, Rary Ratsifa, who reopened the space as a Hong Kong cafe called Rubato. Matt Li

After 22 years in business, the owner of Contempo Bakery in Quincy has passed the torch to her son and wife. The couple reopened the space as Rubato – a “modern Hong Kong cafe”.

Rubato opened at 412 Hancock St. on Saturday, Aug. 13, with a menu centered around sweet and savory stuffed bao, bolo bao and congee rice porridge, according to a reopening press release.

“Rubato will be instantly familiar to anyone who loves a snack in Hong Kong – one of the world’s great foodie cities,” the statement said.

Contempo Bakery in Quincy reopens as Rubato - a 'modern Kong Kong cafe'
Rubato does traditional Char Siu bao. – Matt Li

Rubato is the brainchild of Laurence Louie and his wife Rary Ratsifa. Louie is the son of Joyce Chan, who founded and ran Contempo Bakery and leads the local Chinese community group of the same name.

Louie said in the statement that he and Ratsifa were about to open their first restaurant in London when the pandemic hit and forced them to change course.

“So we decided to come back to Boston to be with the family and rethink our game plan, and when the idea of ​​taking over mom’s place came up, we jumped on it. We are thrilled to continue his legacy,” Louie said in the statement.

Rubato’s menu features bao, which are soft steamed buns filled with Cha Siu pork, beef brisket or Sichuan vegetables. It also offers bolo bao, which are sweet bread sandwiches, filled with fried chicken, spam, eggs and cheese, or your choice of ice cream.

Contempo Bakery in Quincy reopens as Rubato - a 'modern Kong Kong cafe'
Rubato offers fried chicken bolo bao. – Matt Li

Other options include congee rice porridge; savory steamed rice rolls topped with curried fish balls, beef brisket or sesame and hoisin; and Hong Kong French Toast drizzled with condensed milk and sprinkled with cookie crumbs.

For drinks, Rubato offers homemade soymilk, milk tea, cold brew coffee, and Yuenyueng, a coffee-tea blend popular in Hong Kong.

Contempo Bakery in Quincy reopens as Rubato - a 'modern Kong Kong cafe'
Rubato offers both bolo bao and milk tea. – Matt Li

Rubato is open Wednesday to Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.



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