Paper has gone up on the windows of the Asian restaurant that we told you last month will be replacing the former El Zarape at 12th and Passyunk, and more details have emerged on the concept.
Shawn Darragh and Ben Puchowitz, the owners of Center City’s Cheu Noodle Bar, told Philly.com that their second restaurant, planned for 1648 E. Passyunk Ave., will have an open kitchen with a prep area, windows in the dining room that swing open onto the sidewalk and “a price point sitting at just under $20.”
The prep area will go where El Zarape’s short-lived grocery store was located, next to Mr. Martino’s, which should open up more space for the dining room.
As for the food, the website said it wasn’t finalized, but the owners teased a bit of the concept:
What that spot’s going to serve up, though, is anyone’s guess. Puchowitz maintains that “it’s not going to be noodles,” and that he won’t be doing Szechuan food because he doesn’t want to “step on Han’s turf.” Darragh, however, teases the concept a bit more.
“Basically, there’s ramen and then there’s this other group of Asian food,” he says. “We’re going to do the same type of spin with that other food, but we’re still finalizing it. It’s going to be like nothing else we have in Philadelphia, maybe not even anywhere near us at all. We’re excited.”
The intersection of 12th and Morris is set for a whole lotta changes: $300,000 of pedestrian improvements by the city, chef Chris Scarduzio’s bistro, and a possible sale of the Interior Concepts building.
That little area could be unrecognizable this time next year.