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Inspiring Conversations with RJ Xu of the BAO

Today we’d like to introduce you to RJ Xu. 

Hi RJ, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
After I graduated in Engineering. I worked as an Engineer for about 5 years in Thailand and I found that the office environment is not my place. I came to the United States in 2012. I had an opportunity to work with my best friend’s Japanese restaurant in STL. Since then, I have learned a lot about Japanese cuisines and restaurant management. I opened my first sushi restaurant with a partner and sold it. 

After got some funds and travel around. I tried many kinds of food and drinks especially Asian food and bar. 

My next restaurant should be something new for St Louis. and one day I met my landlord in Clayton. 

the BAO focuses on a handcrafted steam bun and Cocktails. 

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
This latest restaurant concept is new for St Louis. We focus on crafted steamed buns and crafted cocktails. 

We’ve been impressed with the BAO, but for folks who might not be as familiar, what can you share with them about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Our Asian Cocktails bar and restaurant focuses on a handcrafted steamed bun, Cocktails, and Asian cuisine, 

located in Clayton MO. 

Indoor & Outdoor 

Delivery & Curbside Services 

Contact Info:

  • Email:
  • Website:
  • Instagram: @thebaostl
  • Facebook: @thebaostl
  • Twitter: @thebaostl
  • Yelp: the BAO

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