Signage is now up at both Mission Chinese Food and Momofuku Ko, announcing the imminent reopening of both restaurants to all who pass by. Let's take a look at the two very different design choices of Mr. Danny Bowien and David Chang, shall we?
Above: Mission Chinese Food. Clearly going for that retro restaurant look. This could be the awning of some well-worn Chinese restaurant in Midtown — the kind with white tablecloths and lazy Susans. Or perhaps an old Italian trattoria. This should come as no big surprise from Bowien. Remember that light up Chinese takeout sign at the old Mission Chinese? For now, still no word on when Mission Chinese will open.
Now here's Ko:
Quite the opposite. Chang has taken the subtle approach. Just a piece of metal with a tiny Ko on it. From a distance, you might almost miss it. Though one might not know it from all the garbage out front, Ko is probably the farther along of the two restaurants. The dining room is totally done, and word on the street is that friends and family meals are going down this weekend, so could open as early as next week. Keep an eye on that reservation page.