Multiple locations of Xi’an Famous Foods reopen this Friday
New York City’s popular hand-pulled noodle chain Xi’an Famous Foods will reopen five of its stores over the next two weeks, CEO Jason Wang tells Time Out.
The company’s original restaurant in Flushing will reopen for takeout orders of its hand-pulled noodles this Friday, as will its Upper East Side storefront on East 78th Street. Looking ahead, Xi’an Famous Foods plans to reopen stores in the West Village and Downtown Brooklyn next week, as well. The company’s Woodside outpost — which is attached to the kitchen where it makes its chile oil and meal kits — previously reopened on July 10, according to an announcement on the restaurant’s website. Orders at all of the reopened locations are being limited to pre-order pick-up, and none of the stores will accept cash, Time Out reports.
Wang has kept all 14 of the company’s stores closed since the shutdown on indoor dining went into effect in March. In May, the noodle chain announced that it would start selling meal kits, dumplings, and chile oil online, but CEO Jason Wang tells Time Out that sales from those businesses haven’t been enough to offset rent at all of the company’s stores. A month later, in June, Xi’an Famous Foods permanently closed its Greenpoint outpost. At that time, Wang anticipated that his restaurant in the West Village was likely to close, as well, though it’s now scheduled to reopen. Wang confirmed the likelihood of additional closures in an email to Time Out, but he did not specify which locations would be affected.
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