Westlake just became a convergence zone for three significant topics of our pandemic food era: ghost kitchens, David Chang, and fried chicken sandwiches.
The chef turned restaurateur turned chili oil purveyor and multimedia juggernaut will bring his Fuku fried chicken sandwiches to Seattle starting Tuesday, September 28. The setup mirrors what Chang’s company has already rolled out in other cities: a partnership with ghost kitchen platform Reef Technologies to serve up sandwiches, chicken fingers, and waffle fries. They are available only as delivery.
Fuku Seattle kicks off at 5pm on the 28th, with delivery in the Westlake area only (that’s code for “Amazon”), but the company will spend October expanding its reach across the Seattle area. You can order Fuku through any of the big delivery platforms, with free delivery via Uber Eats through the end of October.
Ghost kitchens proliferated in 2020, when demand for app-based food delivery overwhelmed existing restaurants, and prompted some entrepreneurs to create eateries that exist only as a menu on a delivery app. Seattle has seen Guy Fieri’s Flavortown Kitchen and Mr. Beast (a YouTube sensation and my second-grade son's career icon) hawking burgers here, without a brick-and-mortar address. Fuku is slightly different in that it began as an off-menu sandwich at Momofuku Noodle Bar, then became an actual restaurant in its own right, before revving up the ghost business model. What a time to be alive.