The owner-operator of The Birch on Elm restaurant plans to open a more relaxed Asian eatery nearly across the street.
Joel Soucy is working to open Noodz at 968 Elm St. this fall. The menu will include Vietnamese, Korean and Japanese street food offerings.
"It's kind of a clash-of-cultures concept," Soucy said.
"The Birch is very involved as our test kitchen," he said last week. "We always planned to birth new concepts out of there."
Unlike the "full, two-hour experience" eating at The Birch at 931 Elm St., customers at Noodz will order at the counter and wait at their table for food to be delivered, he said.
Noodz will be open for lunch and dinner as well as late nights on Friday and Saturdays to capture the post-bar crowd.
The restaurant's Facebook page describes the vibe as "Asian-inspired street food in a fast, upbeat and urban environment."
Noodz is just another example of the expanding restaurant scene in the city.