The restaurant group behind Bento Asian Kitchen and Sushi is working on a new test kitchen/food hub in Colonialtown as part of it ever-expanding food empire.
Omei Restaurant Group, led by restaurateur brothers Jimmy and Johnny Tung and David Yu, has brought Orlando a number of popular restaurants in the past few years including the Bento chain and Mamak, Soupa Noodle, and stakes in Sticky Rice and Taglish, and the recently announced The Foreigner in Audubon Park.
Now, Bungalower has been informed that a previously planned location in Colonialtown will be transformed into a 10,000 SF food hub space/corporate kitchen to house a number of different test concepts for the restaurant group, including multi-function kitchens. Located at 1900 E. Colonial Drive [GMap] Omei Restaurant Group will roll out new food concepts in the building in three separate phases:
- INCUBATION – Collab kitchens to house online-only concepts like the recently launched DOMU Wings ghost kitchen owned by Sonny Nguyen, which is currently housed in an Omei-owned space in Curry Ford West.
- FOOD HUB TESTING – Some in-house dining options with limited storefronts for people to stop by and get things in-person, food hall-style.
- LONG-TERM RESTAURANTS – Successful concepts would then be expanded out into the world at large with scalable models like Bento, with multiple locations.
Omei is currently working with a number of ghost kitchen concepts similar to the aforementioned DOMU Wings, like Uncle Sung Chicken and Rice and a soon-to-be-launched Lucky Dragon concept that will use third-party delivery services to move their product.
This project is in the very early stages of development and as such, no renderings or working title for the project were available at the time of this post. Omei Restaurant Group told Bungalower that they expect to see work on the building to begin at the end of 2021.