Back in July when Cheu Fishtown opened at 1416 Frankford Avenue, owners Shawn Darragh and Ben Puchowitz revealed they also signed a lease for the building next door and were making plans for a Japanese bar named Nunu. Start getting excited, because the walls are up, the floors are going in, and menu testing is underway. Look for Nunu (1414 Frankford Avenue) to open in late April or early May.
Darragh and Puchowitz, who also own Cheu Noodle Bar and Bing Bing Dim Sum, weren’t planning to start working on a fourth restaurant before their Asian-with-a-Jewish-twist hotspot Cheu Fishtown was even open. But when they found out a building was going up so close, with a commercial space on the first floor and apartments above, they worried they wouldn’t like their new neighbor. So they took over the space themselves. “We didn’t want someone putting in a bad concept next door,” Darragh told Eater when Cheu Fishtown opened. “We have the patio right there — we didn’t want something coming in that didn’t fit with us.”
Expect Nunu to have 35 to 40 seats, lots of wood in the interior design, and custom banquets. The coolest part: Nunu and Cheu Fishtown will share a patio, set between the two buildings, with an indoor/outdoor bar that serves from both restaurants’ menus. It’s being planned with eight to 10 bar stools and seats for 30 at tables.
The menu is Nunu is divided into two sections. One is yakitori, with “local ingredients simply grilled and served on skewers,” Darragh says. The other half of the menu is katsu, which is Japanese-style cutlets. Expect fried chicken, pork, and vegetables served over rice with a Japanese curry or in sandwiches using house-made milk bread.
Cheu Fishtown is known for its ramen, dumplings, and buns.
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