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.”
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Really hard day. Closing @momolongplay Nishi and CCDC and moving Ssäm Bar. Agonized over a million possible scenarios… at the end of the day this was the only viable option. Can’t stop thinking about the blood sweat and tears that everybody put into these restaurants over the years. All I know is that we cannot let our industry or our people be this vulnerable ever again…. going to do everything I can to help build a safe, better future for all of us. To start, I spoke with momo ceo @mzmariscal about the closures and what we’re doing to take care of our teams, as well as the great chefs @ericbost and @lincolncarson about their own decisions to close and what they think is coming next. Our raw conversations are on @davechangshow today. ❤️dc
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.