Noodle bar-keep Shawn Darragh
Photo: Roundeye Noodle Bar
Last month’s Roundeye Noodle Bar pop-up, a joint effort by Matyson chef Ben Puchowitz and his longtime friend Shawn Darragh, proved both a smash hit and a victim of its own success. Seatings were first-come-first-serve, which resulted in a lengthy line stretching from Matyson’s front door all the way down the block to Chestnut Street. “By the time we got the first round of guests in, those still in line were looking at an hour-and-a-half to two-hour wait,” Darragh told Grub Street. “Things got a little out of hand, making the wait even longer and then we ran out of food.”
“We can only accommodate a certain amount of people,” he added. “Since Matyson is already so busy, there’s only so much space we can work with.”
So in order to appease the hungry masses who have clearly demonstrated that there’s an appetite for the concept, for the second Roundeye installment on Sunday, February 26, Puchowitz and Darragh are taking reservations. They have four seatings penciled in. Roughly 250 guests will be accommodated throughout the evening. They will open their reservation line at 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 25, and book tables until they are all full.
They plan to serve a similar menu to the previous pop-up, but Darragh concedes that some dishes will have undergone minor tweaks. You can check out the full menu on the Roundeye Noodle Bar website.
Darragh added that plans are in motion to make Roundeye Noodle Bar a permanent fixture. He and Puchowitz have been working on lining up investors and have begun seeking out a location for it.
To make reservations for the second Roundeye Noodle Bar pop-up, call (215) 564-2925 no earlier than 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 25.