The guys from the ever-popular Cheu Noodle Bar have announced that the East Passyunk’s other hotly-anticipated restaurant (See: Palladino’s), Bing Bing Dim Sum, will open in January.
Olympic gold ceiling. Things are moving along! pic.twitter.com/DDJeUOlgLk
— Bing Bing Dim Sum (@bingbingdimsum) December 12, 2014
Michael Klein of The Insider got the scoop from owners Ben Puchowitz and Shawn Darragh, who said the project is in the “very late phases of construction.” Klein also states the menu will have a “funky inauthenticity” in the same vein as Cheu Noodle Bar in Washington Square West.
Early indications had the original opening around Labor Day for the former El Zarape space at 1648 E. Passyunk Ave. Extensive renovations are taking shape daily, most notably with the new window walls facing (and opening out to) E. Passyunk Ave. The gas is now working and there will a mural on the kitchen wall facing the dining room.
While not much is known about the menu thus far, expect a blend of the eclectic, traditional and out-of-left field. Eater Philly explains:
And then, of course, there’s the menu testing. From seldom-seen Hong Kong-style egg waffles topastrami bao and namesake sesame pancakes to vats of punch, there’s plenty here to torment ourselves with in the coming pre-opening weeks. Expect non-dogmatic, fusion-happy takes on traditional dumplings, buns, and more, along with a full bar and the same kind of noisy, fun atmosphere you’re accustomed to at Cheu.
As we reported back in May, plans include about 50 seats inside and 30 outside. A full bar is also in the mix.
We’ll have more on Bing Bing once information becomes available.