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Beleaguered Momofuku Nishi Closes for Renovations

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David Chang’s Chelsea restaurant with mixed reviews looks like it’s revamping

Momofuku Nishi renovations
Momofuku Nishi has closed for renovations
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Momofuku kingpin David Chang’s Chelsea restaurant Nishi has closed for renovations. A tipster reports that he spotted workers “emptying out the restaurant yesterday” and was told that it was for remodeling.

The restaurant opened in January 2016 and received one-star reviews from Eater’s critic Ryan Sutton and Pete Wells of the New York Times — with both saying it was a loud and expensive restaurant that didn’t quite hit.

In October, Chang admitted to making a “stupid mistake” with rushing the opening of the Korean-Italian restaurant, blaming some of the issues on a “very limited budget.” Since the negative reviews, he has tried to make fixes like ending no-tipping to adjust pricing and adding sound panels to reduce noise.

Momofuku did not immediately have further information about what would be changing with the restaurant. Stay tuned for more.

Momofuku Nishi

232 8th Avenue, Manhattan, NY 10011 (646) 518-1919 Visit Website

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