Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Pizza Fusion's new step-sister

There was talk at the National Restaurant Association’s May convention that Pizza Fusion founder and capo Vaughan Lazar may be launching a second concept. Now the mystery is over: The venture is called Kapow! Noodle Bar, and it’ll debut this fall in Boca Raton, Fla.

Kapow’s Facebook page doesn’t address whether Pizza Fusion will be involved with the launch. But it states definitively that Lazar will be a driving force, along with chef Greg Shiff and local impresarios Scott Frielich and Rodney Mayo, the duo behind Dada and Tryst.

The page describes the venture as “earth-conscious,” like Fusion, and “stark and whimsical.” Specialties will include noodles, buns, barbecue, dumplings and salads, which will be locally sourced and “communal,” according to the entry.

Other reports cited a planned opening in September.

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