Fuzu will become a new buzzword on Sept. 23, if chef Dennis Friedman has his way. That's when Newton's Noodles, an Asian fast-casual concept that he hopes will become a national brand a la Chipotle, opens at 1129 20th Street NW.
Friedman's Fuzu gives customers a choice of noodles, vegetables, sauces, spice level and two of six proteins, including scallops and shrimp for $9-$12. He says that he has perfected the cooking process down to a science, and can have Fuzu made-to-order in three minutes flat. Once it's in the customer's hands, they can eat it with a chork, a chopstick-fork combination. There will also be several sides, like tuna bites and spring rolls, for $4-$9.
We got a first glimpse of Friedman's restaurant -- outfitted in natural tones with touches of lime green -- in advance of Monday's opening. Including a 40-seat patio, the restaurant can hold 110. And for those who want to get some work done while they eat, Newton's Noodles plans to offer free WiFi.