Fremont East's next new dining destination has a new logo, motto and Eater Vegas has your first insight into what's to come. Chef Natalie Young is expanding beyond her wildly popular Eat breakfast and lunch spot on Carson Avenue with Chow, now dubbed "The Chicken and Chinese Joint."
Located next door to Downtown's newly debuted bookstore The Writer's Block and a short walk from The Bunkhouse music venue, the thin, rectangular Chow will occupy 2,278 square feet with 67 square feet of patio.
Inside, Chow will serve "Southern-style soul food with fine Chinese cuisine," because, as Young explains, "How about why not? Labels are for leftovers. CHOW is for people—all people, all the time." Known for sure is the menu will include Young's much-anticipated spin on Southern fried chicken.
Designed by Downtown's go-to team at Bunnyfish Studios, who also created Eat, guests will first encounter a waiting area once they enter. Fifty-six seats occupy the dining room, in groups of four and two, with one larger table suitable for eight.
At the rear of the restaurant will be a "bar" facing the open kitchen with nine seats to be served by the chefs and allow guests to watch the Asian fusion culinary action. Beer and wine will also be part of the menu and unlike Eat, Chow will be open at night.
Formerly a boxing gym, the building was purchased $3.15 million in February 2013 for the Downtown Project. Expect to see more construction work once Chow moves through the city approval process mid-February.