Acclaimed Vancouver, BC chef Angus An (of Vancouver's Thai restaurant Maenam and the more casual comfort-food Longtail Kitchen) is opening a casual noodle bar in the city's Chinatown. Scout Magazine reports An plans to open the 24-seat Fat Mao later this spring, with noodle dishes influenced by different Asian cuisines. An abbreviated menu will include six noodle dishes and a half-dozen sides, available during both lunch and dinner. In 2013, An described his culinary approach to Eater Vancouver, melding traditional flavors with local British Columbia ingredients: "Globalization has changed how people approach food; now, a isn't being done the same way it was a thousand years ago, with exactly the same ingredients... It's about enhancing the dish without compromising the authenticity of flavor."
Fat Mao is planning for an early April 2015. Of course, An isn't the only high-profile chef exploring the casual noodle bar concept: In San Francisco, three-Michelin-starred chef Joshua Skenes will roll out his fast-casual Fat Noodle concept sometime later this year.