In WTF rumormongering of the day, word's bubbling up that Danny Bowien may have purchased the assets of Noodle Bar, a restaurant on Orchard just a few steps down from his hit Mission Chinese Food, for a new, unnamed concept. According to a "report" cited by Bowery Boogie, the new project in this space will be a "Mexican Chinese" type place, as befuddling as that is.
According to Bowery Boogie's report, Noodle Bar is apparently due to close after service this Sunday. (Employees at both this and the West Village locations said they didn't know of any impending shutter.) And at this month's CB3 SLA meeting, an "entity to be determined" applied for (and Boogie says got approval for) a wine license at this location.
Needless to say, all of this seems a little bit fishy. Eater has reached out to the Mission crew. More info as it becomes available.
· Report: Mission Chinese Food Taking Over Noodle Bar on Orchard [Boogie]
· All Coverage of Mission Chinese Food [~ENY~]