Xi’an Famous Foods Plots Little Italy Conquest with New Kenmare Street Location

Posted on: November 20th, 2015 at 5:00 am by
This image has been archived or removed.

Write this down. The ten-year-old Xi’an Famous Foods empire is expanding its downtown presence. A new location is planned some four years after the East Broadway outpost shuttered.

The popular, Flushing-based Chinese restaurant just announced its intentions for 66 Kenmare Street, an address that’s seen lots of action (i.e. commercial turnover) in the last year or so. Xi’an Famous Foods will occupy the former Asiadog hot dog spot, which faded eight months ago after a five-year run. Signs in the window confirm their imminent arrival, and promise “noodles soon.”

And just like that Kenmare Street is swiftly becoming a haven for noodle slurping. A noodle nook, if you will. Xi’an Famous Foods completes the trifecta – a contiguous row of likeminded establishments including Sun Noodle’s Ramen Lab and Yakitori Tora. Of course, lest we forget the Cocoron Soba satellite two blocks east.

Xi’an Famous Foods also has downtown outposts at 81 St. Mark’s Place and 67 Bayard Street. Kenmare will be its tenth citywide. Ten locations in ten years. Crazy.

Recent Stories

The Ten-Story Development Now Atop the East Village’s Last Gas Station

It was the neighborhood’s last gas station to shutter. Now, it’s a ten-story luxury development. Foundation was first poured for 11 Avenue C way back in December 2016. The timeline upon its conception two years earlier was a fourteen-month construction period. As of this week, the superstructure is pretty much topped out. Rotwein + Blake […]

Eldridge Street’s Formosa Cafe Folds

Casual Taiwanese establishment, Formosa Cafe, is finished. The Eldridge Street hangout hung it up earlier this month. Token tombstone signage now hangs from the cartoony marquee. The Lower East Side location is survived by an outpost in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Formosa debuted at 34 Eldridge back in May 2015. It was a large, accommodating space […]

Bones Discovered at MTA Construction Site on Forsyth Street are Not Human

Yesterday morning, construction workers on Forsyth Street unearthed bones. A subsequent investigation determined that the remains were not human. As we’ve been reporting, the MTA is currently replacing the subway ventilation plant fifteen beneath the roadbed. Already in the works for three years, installation of this new Emergency Ventilation Plant isn’t slated to conclude until […]

Century-Old LaGuardia Bathhouse is Almost Gone [PHOTOS]

It sat vacant for four decades. Now, the long-abandoned LaGuardia Bathhouse is finished. A nub of its former self. Since our last checkup one month ago, the 1909 structure has lost most of its body. Removed brick by brick by men in cherry pickers. The mural on its western exposure – a depiction of Puerto […]

Dormant Red Mango on Allen Street Finally Gets a New Tenant

Red Mango closed its Lower East Side location on Allen Street four years ago. The space remained a dusty dormancy for the duration. Until this month; and henceforth, something completely unexpected. An interior decorator called APex New York that specializes in kitchen and bathroom fixtures. To be honest, this type of commercial occupant is not […]