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David Chang is Opening a DC Restaurant, but What’s It All About?

Posted on August 14, 2014

It’s no secret that Washington DC is one of the fastest-growing foodie capitals in the country, but just in case you were still on the fence about it, here’s some news that will probably help you out. Accoriding to The Washingtonian, foul-mouthed celebrity chef David Chang is looking to open the latest branch of his ever-evolving, multi-concept restaurant Momofuku at CityCenterDC in early 2015.

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The news broke for the outlet during a somewhat bizarre phone interview with Todd Kliman, in which the outspoken James Beard Award-winner dished out some details and other musings about the proposed restaurant. Among the more concrete information, Chang mentions that the new location will be the largest of any Momofuku location at 45,000 square feet. However, beyond the dimensions of the space, the exchange became more elusive:

DC: It’s going to be a Momofuku restaurant but . . . where I want to take it is to make it a little bit more—not just accessible. It’s going to be exactly what we do and nothing like what we do at the same time.

TK: Experimental?

DC: Absolutely not. But yes, in some ways, too.

TK: No ambiguity there.

Truly the ruminations of an artist in the throes of the creative process.

And while Chang avoided full disclosure on what to expect from the new location, he did say that he was currently interested in “simple sh*t,” like “spinach artichoke dip. Chicken fingers.”

However, he did confirm that Momofuku’s famous pork buns will be making an appearance. Also, as later confirmed by Kliman, the new location will include a version of Momofuku Milk Bar inside the restaurant.

Yet, despite the undeniable allure of meat pastries and dairy products, expectations remain sensibly tempered. The Washington Post took a break from exposing political corruption and blowing the Watergate Scandal wide open (updating references is for losers) to draw comparisons to another long-awaited, ultimately failed, vaguely offensively named restaurant that broke the heart of many DC foodies: Wagamama.

But is Wagamama’s past indicative of Momofuku’s future? Only time will tell. Until 2015, locals can only wait, living in hope that Chang graces them with his presence.

About Cody McGowan

Cody lives in Fort Lauderdale with his girlfriend Amy and her cat, Boy. In addition to food, he enjoys nerding out about comics, movies and books.