On Wednesday, Momofuku released a statement outlining the difficult decision to close two of its US restaurants: New York City’s Nishi and Washington, DC’s CCDC.
That same day Momofuku Group founder, David Chang, took to Instagram calling it a “really hard day” in his post.
The much-loved TV personality said he “agonized over a million possible scenarios” but concluded that these closures were the “only viable option.”
In the update posted on Momofuku’s website, the company goes into detail about how the decision was reached, how it’s helping its employees, and what the future holds for the popular culinary brand.
“We are not giving up on growth,” said the statement. “We have faith in the future of our industry and believe in creating more opportunities for our employees. That said, growth needs to be carried out sustainably.”
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The post continued to explain plans to consolidate its resources in New York and “streamline” its businesses on the East Coast.
“We are excited to continue working with partners on the West Coast and Canada to create growth opportunities for the teams we have built there.”
“We will also continue to develop more Noodle Bars. As our concept most fit for standardization, we believe Noodle Bar has the ability to succeed in a world where more stringent procedures are the norm. We are looking forward to our next location in Vancouver.”
The Vancouver bar will be based upon the OG New York Momofuku Noodle Bar “while celebrating the best products the Pacific Northwest has to offer.”
This will be Momofuku’s first foray into Western Canada’s dining scene, we’ll keep you posted as more details are released.