ARLNOW got word of a new project from Maple Ave. Restaurant's Tim Ma yesterday. Eater checked in with Ma to flesh out the project in a bit more detail, though things are still in the very early planning stages.
The new spot will be located at 3811 North Fairfax Drive, but it will actually be called Water & Wall. The menu will "have similarities in style to Maple Ave., but will for sure have its own identity, not just a Maple Ave part two," Ma said via email. Other than that, he and his partners are just saying that they're excited about the new project.
Don Rockwell also talked to Ma about Water & Wall, and learned the name of the restaurant is a reference to the intersection where Ma and co-owner Joey Hernandez lived in New York City when Tim was attending the French Culinary Institute, and interning at Momofuku Ko.
In other Maple Ave.-related news, Ma has promoted Nyi Nyi Myint from sous chef to chef de cusine of Maple Ave. The chef "has really been my right hand man" since the opening of the restaurant, Ma told Eater. He'll help with the development of Water & Wall as well.
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