Shophouse – The First Asian Chipotle – Coming to DC very soon (Update with breaking news, pics & video – 9/2/2011)
9-2/11 – Still no word on its opening date, but we do know that for it’s first location in DC’s Dupont Circle. Additionally,we have breaking news that it will seat approximately 40 people. But most importantly AdamLovesFood has stumbled upon some exclusive behind-the scenes-photos and videos that we bring you first.
A little birdie has provided me with some new information and some great pics of the , along with what looks like an inventory list of that should be making it into their dishes. Seems as though there will be some fresh asian herbs, spices, and a whole lot of peppers in their offering. Possibly an emphasis on spicy cuisine with a mix of thai, vietnamese, and chinese dishes…? Take a look at some of the pics we came across.
Other than that, we found out they are acquiring a liquor license, and will most likely be serving alcoholic beverages Sunday-Saturday from 11am-12am. They also have a very cool timelapse video of their construction, which you can view below.
Sadly, still no word on opening date, menu, or the type of food service being offered, but as you can tell, we have a lot to look forward to. And we will certainly keep you updated – unless of course we get a cease and desist letter.
Again, the name of the joint is Shophouse Southeast Asian Kitchen (brought to you by the creators of Chipotle). It should hopefully be opening at 1516 Connecticut Ave, NW (just off DC’s Dupont Circle) within the next month or so.
ARCHIVED CONTENT – 4/27/11 – I’m a little behind on this topic, but I found out recently that Chipotle put out an official press release on their new Asian Concept Restaurant called Shophouse! As I noted in a few weeks back, the restaurant will be the first of its kind in the U.S. and will be opening up the first shop in Dupont Circle in downtown DC this summer.
According to Steve Ells (the founder of and mastermind behind this project), the restaurant will have Thai, Vietnamese and Malaysian influences, and will serve dishes made from seasonal ingredients including “grilled and braised meats, a variety of fresh vegetables, aromatic herbs, spicy sauces, and an array of garnishes.”
It’s still unknown what specific dishes will be served, but I have a gut feeling they’ll be served in a fashion similar to Chipotle’s production line mechanic.
“I have always believed that the Chipotle model would work well with a variety of different cuisines,” said Ells. “Chipotle’s success is not necessarily about burritos and tacos, but rather about serving great, sustainably raised food that is delicious, affordable, and convenient.”
“Anyone who has traveled throughout Southeast Asia can tell you that food there is served very fast — it’s also full of flavor, nutritious, and affordable.” This cuisine gives us a great opportunity to prove the idea that the Chipotle model can work with other cuisines.”
In my opinion, Ells new restaurant comes at a great time, since DC is lacking in quick, tasty Asian meals — especially Chinese. And to me, this type of concept could be a huge hit in high-trafficked areas with a lunchtime crowd, like malls, who usually serve mediocre unhealthy Asian cuisine, and places with lots of commercial offices – like Dupont Circle, or any downtown area in major cities around the world.
You can look forward to Shophouse opening this summer on a date TBD. However the address is set, and the doors will open at 1516 Connecticut Ave, NW.