The last time we checked in at Xi’an famous foods at 26-19 Jackson Avenue, signage appeared advertising employment opportunities.1 When we stopped by last week, we saw that construction is likely to begin soon, pursuant to a construction permit filed with the DOB back in May to “INSTALL FIRE SUPPRESSION SYSTEM FOR PROPOSED RESTAURANT, GAS EQUIPMENT WILL BE FILED SEPARATELY UNDER JOB #421619573. NO CHAGNE IN USE, EGRESS OR OCCUPANCY.”2
Construction paper now covers the windows, as seen in the photo below. Xi’an has two other Queens locations in Woodside and also in Flushing, but it will be its first opening in Western Queens.
The retail space, owned by Rockrose, is the former home of See.Me art gallery, which closed in late 2015.3 Delivery is expected sometime in late spring.
“We’re very excited,” said Rockrose Senior Vice President Patricia Dunphy in an email to The Court Square Blog.
Here’s more about Xi’an foods from its website:4
Xi’an Famous Foods began as a 200 square foot basement stall in the Golden Shopping Mall in Flushing, N.Y. The original location, established in late 2005, was the first restaurant to bring the little-known cuisine of Xi’an to the United States, with signature hand-ripped noodles, secret spice mixes, and Xi’an “burgers” with housemade flatbread. Since then, we’ve expanded to nine locations in Manhattan, one in Brooklyn and two in Queens in total. As a family-owned business, we hope to reintroduce the world to the unique cuisine of our hometown: liangpi “cold skin” noodles, lamb pao mo soup, and wide hand-pulled “biang biang” noodles, all in its most authentic form.