David Chang is the living embodiment of can’t stop, won’t stop. Less than a year after launching the fried chicken sandwich phenomenon Fuku and just months after opening his ambitious Asian-Italian-inflected restaurant Nishi, Chang revealed that he is working on a delivery-only restaurant called Ando.
Due to launch later this spring in New York, Ando’s menu is being overseen by chef J.J. Basil, formerly of wd~50, and will include dishes like huge cheesesteaks made with house-made American cheese, tofu bowls, exclusive cookies from Christina Tosi (sat-and-pepper, Ritz Cracker and chocolate chip) and a secret KFC-style fried chicken bucket. According to Fast Company, the food will be available via an app and come in old-school Chinese-food takeout containers.
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Chang is already an investor in Maple, a NYC meal-delivery service with a rotating menu of $12 lunches and $15 dinners directed by Le Bernardin alum Soa Davies. But he doesn’t see Ando as a threat to Maple or vice versa. “It’s a giant pie,” Chang told Fast Co. “I mean, Momofuku’s Noodle Bar and Ssäm Bar are [close to each other]. I don’t view them as competitors."