Left: Photo by Michael Persico | Right: FedNuts Facebook
Earlier this week, word got out that Cheu Noodle Bar and Wiz Kid were bowing out of their Whole Foods food stall arrangement otherwise known as “Restaurant Row.” That their last day would be this Sunday, October 22nd, that CookNSolo’s hummusiya Dizengoff (and Severino Pasta) would remain, and that two replacement concepts were already en route.
Today, Whole Foods announced its new tenants: CookNSolo’s newish falafel shop, Goldie, and the group’s — count ’em — seventh Federal Donuts location (in partnership with Tom Henneman, Bob Logue, and Felicia D’Ambrosio). Read more »
There’s no doubt that the Cheu brand is a winning concept. Shawn Darragh and Ben Puchowitz struck gold when they opened their inauthentic-by-design ramen bar in Washington Square West. In fact, it was the restaurant’s sheer popularity that attracted Whole Foods in the first place when it was still in the planning stages of its now-year-old Rodin Square location.
But Cheu isn’t exactly an easy operation to run, especially when the space wasn’t designed around the concept like it was in WashWest and, as of July, in Fishtown. Everything’s scratch-made on premises, which is a tough thing for a burn-and-turn quick-serve food stall.
So, today, the guys announced via Cheu’s Instagram that they’ll be closing their Whole Foods outpost for good on Sunday, October 22nd, because “operationally, it wasn’t a food fit.”
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Friends with peanut allergies, listen up: Whole Foods has recalled their 365 Everyday Value Organic Raisin Bran due to the cereal containing undeclared peanuts, which were not listed on the label.
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