Xi'an Famous Foods owner/operator Jason Wang is moving his acclaimed Flushing sit-down restaurant Biang! to the Second Avenue space that formerly housed Wylie Dufresne's Alder. EV Grieve notes that Wang has applied for a beer & wine license at the address, and he's submitted the proper paperwork along with the menu for Biang! to the CB3. The Flushing restaurant quietly closed last month, but according to a message on the Biang! homepage, Wang plans to turn it into another outpost of his wildly successful chain Xi'an Famous Foods. Biang! — which specializes in skewers and noodles — received one star from the Times, and it was also included on Michelin's Bib Gourmand list. Wang currently operates eight locations of Xi'an Famous Foods. The Xi'an homepage notes that the restaurant in the old Biang! space will be the "flagship" location.
Alder closed at the end of the summer after a two-and-a-half year run. The space at 157 Second Ave hit the market in September with an asking price of $17,389 per month in rent plus $395,000 in key money.