Huge news, folks: Momofuku is coming to Los Angeles. Eater LA reports that chef-founder David Chang is opening a full-service restaurant called North Spring in Downtown LA later this year. The restaurant will not serve any of the Momofuku classics, like pork buns or ramen. Instead, the cuisine will be unique to the LA location and “draw inspiration from LA’s diverse culinary landscape and California’s bounty.”
Those who noted that Milk Bar, Christina Tosi’s bakery spin-off, now has a confirmed LA location might have seen this one coming. Earlier this year, Momofuku debuted its first West Coast location at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, also preceded by a Milk Bar.
People have been wondering for years when Chang would bring a Momofuku to LA. Chang is a clear fan of the city’s food scene, which seems a natural fit for an outpost of the New York-based restaurant empire. Since Momofuku Noodle Bar opened in New York in 2004, the Momofuku brand has expanded to include several more restaurants in New York, multiple concepts in a giant glass cube in Toronto, and a Momofuku all the way in Sydney, before Las Vegas this year and, finally, Los Angeles.