Back in May, Faan, the Asian-Fusion restaurant at 209 Smith Street, closed its doors suddenly. It had been operating at that location for more than 10 years. All through the summer, the place was padlocked, but recently, someone has been sprucing the place up. Construction paper has been taped over the inside doors, lights in the glassed-in patio area have gotten new lampshades, and the ironwork has been getting a fresh coat of paint.
It remains to be seen if the restaurant will come back as a new and improved Faan, or if this will be an entirely different eatery. That seems more likely. Part of the remodel includes some heavy molding, which doesn't look very Asian at all.