[April Fools’ Article] Momofuku Food Court to open in midtown Tucson Winter 2018

New York restaurateurs are taking notice of ramen’s success in Tucson.

David Chang, James Beard award-winning chef and founder of Momofuku Noodle Bar announced plans to make its Arizona debut in Tucson winter 2019.

“I believe Tucson will grow into one of America’s most attractive food destinations,” Chang told Tucson Foodie in a 2017 interview. “Not even L.A. or New York has the UNESCO culinary designation.”

The space at 3920 E. Grant Rd. will house more than the iconic Momofuku Noodle Bar, however — the 42,000-square-foot, three-story building will house several new concepts from Chang.

While the first floor will serve as the food court, the second floor will exclusively house Chang’s new social eating concept, Patí. The third floor will serve as rooftop garden concept Jeong-Won. After a series of winks, Chang also insisted there would be no secret basement speakeasy accessible by starting a game on the pinball machine and launching all three balls without using the flippers.


Momofuku Food Court Concepts

Momofuku Noodle Bar

The concept that started it all, Momofuku’s ramen and steam buns captured international attention. Their ramen broth utilizes bacon instead of bonito.

Milk Bar

Milk Bar gained a cult following with its Crack Pie, Cereal Milk Ice Cream, and Compost Cookie. The Tamarindo Sorbet will be a Tucson-exclusive menu addition.

Bar Bar

Bar Bar will feature gourmet, made-daily protein bars for people on the go. Expect unorthodox protein bars such as foie gras & dates and buffalo black truffle trail mix.

Slow Poke

This poke shop concept will double as an aquarium where customers choose their own fish from the tank for the freshest poke bowls imaginable, Chang said. Uneaten fish from the end of the night will be donated to Reid Park Zoo to feed the polar bears.

The Don

Donburi, Japanese for rice bowls, are the star here. Customers can choose from premium toppings such as roast pork belly, kimchi tempeh, sliced rib eye steak, pickled shiitake mushrooms, onsen tamago, Pop Rocks, live Nagano ants, and more.

Patí

Taking up the entire second floor with only eight-top tables, Patí’s menu is designed for parties of six or larger. Menu highlights include whole Filipino lechón, bo ssäm, seafood towers, and the Kevin Hart-sized burro.

Jeong-Won

The third story will serve as the rooftop garden and salad bar Jeong-Won.  The balcony patio will provide unrivaled views of East Grant Road and North Alvernon Way.

7th Heaven

The basement speakeasy will feature rare Japanese spirits such as Habushu and Returner in original cocktails such as the Mako MojitoTucson Misses Paulo, and Aerith’s Last Word.

This article is fictitious and written as satire for April Fools’ Day 2018.

Jackie is a food writer and photographer native to Tucson. He loves corgis and still thinks rickrolling is funny. If you'd like to stalk him, visit jackietran.com.

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