Later this week, an Asian restaurant called Uncle will open in Denver with a dining room that looks exactly like Momofuku Noodle Bar. This is not a coincidence. Chef/owner Tommy Lee tells Eater Denver: "I went to Noodle Bar the first time by myself and it was like someone had taken my entire life and put it into a restaurant — everything from the food, atmosphere, design and attitude was what I craved in my own life." The menu features pork belly buns and ramen, plus other Momofuku-inspired dishes.
In other David Chang-related news, the chef talks about possibly franchising his restaurants in a new interview with Ad Week. He notes: "There is a very successful fast-food company that approached us and quite frankly took our intellectual property. And they are running our concept right now. They have two stores that have opened up." Eater National speculates that he could be referring to ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen, the new concept from Chipotle.
· Which Chain 'Took' David Chang's Intellectual Property? [~ENY~]
· Uncle, a Momofuku-esque Eatery Opening This Week [~END~]
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