Uncle [Photos: Adam Larkey]
Here's a look inside Uncle, a 40-seat casual, Asian eatery debuting in LoHi later this week. It looks similar to New York City's East Village gem Momofuku Noodle Bar from chef/restaurateur powerhouse David Chang, which Uncle's chef/owner Tommy Lee was going for when he drafted plans for the restaurant. "I went to Noodle Bar the first time by myself and it was like someone had taken my entire life and put it into a restaurant — everything from the food, atmosphere, design and attitude was what I craved in my own life," Lee told Eater back in April.
While Lee had hoped to open the restaurant by May, he encountered setbacks with building renovations and permits. But now, after months of labor (most of which he completed on his own with a friend), Lee is ready to give LoHi another option for Asian eats. He's also brought chef Travis Masar, former chef de cuisine of Aria, on board with the project. Together, Lee and Masar have crafted a small, focused menu of small plates, buns, sesame pancakes and a variety of noodle bowls. The menu with change monthly. Full disclosure: Lee tells Eater that the restaurant will likely open to the public on Friday, but it's not set in stone. The menu will also expand in coming weeks. When Uncle does open, service will run Monday-Saturday, dinner only. Down the road, Lee hopes to add lunch and late-night service into the mix.