More on Mian
After opening his Las Vegas outlet in under two months, chef Tony Xu suffered a setback this week at his fifth project, "Mian". He has been sharing details online on this new build-out, offering many new details regarding the menu.
The "Mian" concept is modeled after the noodle shacks commonly found in Chongqing, one of the four state-controlled municipalities in China. Chongqing noodle shacks, much like Sichuan hot pot restaurants, offer highly customizable fare, and have been popping up all over China (much like Sichuan hot potting joints).
From the few pictures floating around on Chinese twitter, Xu has lofty design goals for the fifth shop. The restaurant is highly stylish for a Chinese restaurant, and even the hot sauce bottles will bear the Chinese character for "noodles". Construction and interior is done by JIS Brothers, the same team that executed Chengdu Taste's second branch in Rosemead.
Opening date was originally planned for the end of November, but will now obviously depend on inspections. Based on the online buzz, this is the most highly anticipated restaurant in SGV at the moment.
301 W Valley Blvd #115
San Gabriel, CA
Szechuan Impression expands to Tustin
Further to the South, the previously reported second branch of Szechuan Impression is finally making headway. Construction began earlier this month after the plans were approved by the city. Even better though: the stylish ceramics (and furniture!) that Szechuan Impression is known for have been placed upon a shipping container bound for Los Angeles.
The opening date, per the management team, is still end of the year, but will ultimately be decided by final permits.
13816 Red Hill Avenue, Tustin.