Andy Ricker Planning All-Noodles-All-the-Time Restaurant

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Over on the West Coast, Pok Pok chef and owner Andy Ricker is back from his annual Thailand sabbatical, and tells Portland Monthly that he had a moment in clarity back in Chiang Mai: Citing an insane amount of curry paste that would need pounding and a comparable amount of coconuts that’d have to be turned into milk, Ricker is no longer planning to open Pok Pok Lat Khao in the city. Instead, he’ll open Pok Pok Sen Yai, a full-service noodle house offering “15 to 18 noodles at any given time,” he says, serving “noodles not typically found in Thai restaurants in America.” When asked if he’d export the concept to New York, Ricker explains he’s doing it for Portland, but also that the future is unwritten. “We’ll see how it works,” he says. Meanwhile, the chef’s Whiskey Soda Lounge in Brooklyn is scheduled to open on Columbia Street in late spring. [PM, Earlier]