Dennis Friedman says he has been approached about spinning off his popular Newton’s Table in Bethesda, and while his ego is willing, his better self says, “There’s no way we can duplicate this. I need to be here.” Otherwise, he figures, the product “would be diminished.”
Friedman feels much more certain about promoting one of the restaurant’s signature dishes, Fuzu noodles, within a fast-casual concept, which is a long way of announcing the May 1 opening of the 76-seat Newton’s Noodles at 1129 20th St. NW in the District.
The budding entrepreneur describes the venture, which will allow customers to choose from proteins, vegetables and spice levels to make their own meals, as “an Asian Chipotle .”
Fuzu, for the uninitiated, is a circus of flavors and textures: rice noodles arranged with snow peas, carrots, chicken, shrimp, sesame seeds, fried shallots and on. Newton’s Noodles will offer the option of soba noodles, as well as non-noodle dishes: beef-filled wontons, tuna bites and kung pao chicken. Check averages are expected to be $8 to $12.
Following the spring opening, there will be beer and wine to knock back with the food, and the option of dining al fresco high in the sky. Turns out the building has a rooftop terrace with room for 100 grazers.
Construction on the project is expected to begin within three weeks, says Friedman.