Huge! Owners of Cheu Noodle Bar plan second restaurant in El Zarape space

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.

From Mexican BYOB to Asian bar - just what the neighborhood was missing, right?
From Mexican BYOB to Asian bar – just what the neighborhood was missing, right?

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).

Here's what Cheu looks like. Pic from their website.
Here’s what Cheu looks like. Pic from their website.

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.

13 thoughts on “Huge! Owners of Cheu Noodle Bar plan second restaurant in El Zarape space

  • March 6, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Where will people park???

    • March 6, 2014 at 10:21 am

      the same place the Zarape customers did… or they won’t park at all because many passyunk shoppers/diners walk.

  • March 6, 2014 at 10:11 am

    There’s a municipal parking lot up the street. It is a bit of a hike if your feet and legs aren’t accustomed to walking anywhere. Otherwise Blatstein will have extra spaces in his 1,000 car garage at Broad and Washington.

  • March 6, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Anthony I hope ur joking

  • March 6, 2014 at 11:01 am

    That municipal lot is at least 25 feet away, that’s a hike!!

    Actually, that lot should be sold off and developed. Wasted space.

  • March 6, 2014 at 11:08 am

    Although look at that nice flat roof – would make a great roofdeck!

    • March 6, 2014 at 12:54 pm

      Dope Idea! If they could through outside seating up there that would be pretty cool!

      • March 6, 2014 at 12:55 pm


  • March 6, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    I guess I’ll be the one to say it. I’m glad El Zarape is gone, eyesore on the corner including the crappy store attached to it. The food wasn’t that great and waaay overpriced.

    • March 10, 2014 at 12:17 pm

      A $6 burrito is overpriced? On what planet?

      • March 10, 2014 at 2:09 pm

        A $6 burrito that sucks is overpriced. Adios Zacrape.

    • March 13, 2014 at 6:01 pm

      Since when are they overpriced?? And not delicious?

  • March 7, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Nice to see something more polished move in, but I’ve been working a few doors down from Cheu since they opened. They started strong, but quality has waned. Shawn is really nice, & yes, you can get some tasty apps for affordable prices, but if your going in for noodles, you’ll be paying $40 for two people to eat….noodles.

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