The owners of the buzzy Cheu Noodle Bar in Center City signed a lease today to open a restaurant at 1648 E. Passyunk Ave., where El Zarape will be serving its final tacos next week.
Co-owner Shawn Darragh told us that he and chef/partner Ben Puchowitz are planning another Asian concept, not a second location of Cheu, for the wedge-shaped corner of 12th, Morris and Passyunk. They will be seeking a liquor license.
He wasn’t quite ready to talk about more details than that, but we’ll keep you posted.
Cheu has drawn accolades for its creative, affordable take on Asian food, so hopefully Darragh and Puchowitz will keep that formula and give all us regular folk a place where we can afford to eat more than once or twice a year (not that we’re complaining about all our culinary bounty).
This year is going to be a big one for that corner.
The restaurant is across the street from the forthcoming project from chef Chris Scarduzio, who has been waiting for the weather to clear up to really get started. It’s also the site of planned pedestrian improvements by the city, and who knows, maybe someone will by Interior Concepts, which recently went on the market for a cool $2.9 million.