The family behind Bandoola Bowl, Georgetown’s new Burmese salad shop, is already expanding in the neighborhood with plans to open a place this fall that will sell Asian skewers of meats, seafood, vegetables, and even sushi.
Sticx comes from owner Aung Myint, who brought traditional Burmese food to Silver Spring when he opened Mandalay Restaurant in 2004.
Myint’s next fast-casual project is a 2,200-square-foot venture at 1728 Wisconsin Avenue NW that will serve skewered street snacks from Japan, China, Thailand, Malaysia, and Burma. The plan calls for just 20 seats.
“Our menu will capture a small part of how these foods are prepared and presented in various cultures,” Myint says in a statement announcing the project.
Japanese yakitori and Thai satay are just the beginning. People can expect to find Thai-style mu ping pork and Isaan sausage, chicken meatballs, and beef kebabs. There will also be hoi jor, or fried bean curd leaves stuffed with crab and shrimp. Vegetarian skewers will include okra and zucchini.
Inspired by the skewered sashimi at the Nishiki Market in Kyoto, multi-sized rolls will feature fillings like tuna, salmon, hamachi, shiitake mushroom, kampyo (Japanese pickle), and oshinko (yellow radish), as well as various combinations of raw fish with avocado, cucumber, scallions, and other ingredients.
Customers that opt to eat their sticks on-site can saddle up to a 20-seat central communal table. Unlike Bandoola, Sticx will serve alcohol (beer, wine, and sake).
Myint, who consulted at I-Thai on M Street NW, is big on bringing more Asian restaurants to Georgetown.
“Most tourists who come into the city are looking for Asian options, and there are very few in Georgetown,” he told Eater this year.
Bandoola Bowl will soon be joined by Chinese noodle shop, Reren Lamen & Bar, along the same strip.