Chef Kevin Lee of Vast soon will help open Gogi Go, a fast-casual Korean concept in Midtown.
Midtown will become an even more delicious destination this fall with the opening of Gogi Go, which its owners describe as "Chipotle for Korean food."
Chef Kevin Lee, of Vast, has partnered with John Lee and Jason Chang to open the concept in the space previously occupied by Organic Squeeze Kitchen Table, 1325 N Walker Ave.
In the months to come, the space will be divided in half with Gogi Go taking over the portion on the north. Organic Squeeze will keep the other half and open as a standard unit.
Lee said the menu will present bold Korean flavors served in salads, rice bowls or burritos, along with a broad selection of banchan (Korean condiments) in a kid-friendly atmosphere. That's important for the father of a newborn daughter.
"We want this to be a place people feel comfortable bringing their kids," Lee said. "So, we're going to have some cool stuff that kids like to eat."
Gogi Go should seat about 50-plus patio dining during the warm weather months. It won't include a full bar but plenty of local beer. The partners also plan to offer late-night dining at some point.
"We might do a window or something like that," Lee said. "With all the bars and the people living in the building, we think there will be a market for it."
Chang and the two Lees plan to open Gogi Go in the fall, but Lee isn't leaving Vast to work full-time at the concept.
That's because he might be in line for more responsibility high atop the Devon Tower, where he currently serves as executive sous chef.
Executive chef Patrick Williams recently left Vast for a kitchen close by. He is the new executive chef at Flint in the Colcord Hotel, just down the elevator from Vast. Williams takes over for chef Jonas Favela, who recently took the stove at Meat Market Refectory.
Lee is the favorite to follow in Williams' footsteps for chef Kurt Fleischfresser, who is director of culinary operations, but no announcement has yet been made.
New doughnut concept rolls into town
Imagine a world where you can order a vanilla cake doughnut with buttercream and classic sprinkles while at the same time procure a blueberry cake doughnut with maple glaze, topped with bacon bits and a Sriracha drizzle.
That world will be ours when Sweet Mini's Donut Co. opens at 14600 N Pennsylvania Ave. on Tuesday.
The concept will specialize in made-to-order mini doughnuts, ice cream, sundaes, and doughnut-topped shakes and malts.
Guests will be able to choose a signature doughnut or create their own combination from the menu, and then watch as their doughnuts are made and topped to their specifications.
The store opens at 7 a.m. Friday as it will daily, closing 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
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