Will it be chili crab or pork ribs with fish sauce that next make their way to Washington? Crain's New York reports that Philly mogul Stephen Starr has struck a deal with the Fatty Crew restaurant group, the people behind such concepts as Fatty Crab and Fatty 'Cue, to bring them national. The plans are for restaurants in eight U.S. cities and a London location — and that includes one in D.C. From the article:
The first joint venture will open in Washington, D.C., in about three to six months. The team is seeking existing restaurant spaces, cutting down on build-out time and expenses. Each new eatery will cost between $600,000 and $2 million, depending on the size and location.
Starr Restaurants, which recently established itself in D.C. with the uber-popular Le Diplomate, will run the day-to-day management of the restaurants, while Fatty Crew will be in charge of city-specific menus that use local ingredients. Eater has reached out to Starr's team for any further details on the plans.
No word on which concept might arrive first. Both Fatty Crab and the smokier Fatty 'Cue put a hip, Malaysian spin on such dishes as whole fish and pork shoulder. Pig & Khao is the group's partnership with Top Chef veteran Leah Cohen.
· Fatty Crab Lands Big Partner [CNY]
· Fatty Crew [Official Site]