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John T. Edge, who curated the Oxford American food issue in which Kliman's article appeared, has tweeted the following this evening:

@johntedge RT @BillAddison: Peter Chang report: @besharodell n @joeyonan and I are at Tasty China. Chang n his wife here, talking to giddy customers.

I'll be in Atlanta the second week of April... oh please, Mr. Chang, stay in one place for a bit.

Note that one of the attendees was Joe Yonan of the Post.

Don't get your hopes too high for the second week of April. It could happen, but odds are not in its favor.

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During a brief interview with Chang (and translator), he informs me that he desires a fancier restaurant with nice ambiance, finer service, and broad wine selection.

;)

NOW we know why Helen Turley exists.

Wine knot,

Rocks.

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I would pay $100 bucks a pop for a nice tasting menu if their was a broad wine selection and nicer ambiance ;) But I don't want to have to go to Atlanta... don't we know anyone with an extra building and some cash???

I think we could tempt him if he didn't have to put Tasty China behind his name...

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I have received some fresh information, and as suggested previously it's looking more and more like it will be Richmond. Also supposedly going for a more upscale atmosphere.

Less than 2 hours from Memorial Bridge (well, without traffic--gotta use that HOV lane)). Could be worse for you all. For me down here in NC, not so much.

I'll keep posting as new tidbits come in.

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I have received some fresh information, and as suggested previously it's looking more and more like it will be Richmond. Also supposedly going for a more upscale atmosphere.

Less than 2 hours from Memorial Bridge (well, without traffic--gotta use that HOV lane)). Could be worse for you all. For me down here in NC, not so much.

I'll keep posting as new tidbits come in.

John, I just don't think Richmond-over time-would support a $100 or so prix fixe experience from him. I really believe he needs to either look at D. C. or Buckhead.

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John, I just don't think Richmond-over time-would support a $100 or so prix fixe experience from him. I really believe he needs to either look at D. C. or Buckhead.

I really don't see DC supporting it either. I think the last thing this city needs is another expensive prix fixe place.

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Just because he's going "more upscale", why is the assumption that we're going from $10-$15 dishes to $100/person?

Lots of room between those two numbers for him to be successful.

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Just because he's going "more upscale", why is the assumption that we're going from $10-$15 dishes to $100/person?

Lots of room between those two numbers for him to be successful.

Absolutely. And something accessible to many more folks.

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Absolutely. And something accessible to many more folks.

I not at all sure that the idea is fancy schmancy. Maybe more like "nice decor," add a buck or two to the prices. But I'm purely guessing--I really don't know.

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I don't believe the prix fixe idea would work with Chinese food and it's not necessary. The price per dish just needs to go up. Instead of $10 per dish, make it $20. That way we can still pick from a menu with hundreds of items instead of eating just what the chef feels like preparing that day. Chinese food is meant to be eaten family style.

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We may all be too analytical about this: would Johnny Monis have a 150 seat restaurant? Everyone of these places starts small and builds into an enormous volume that he feels he is losing control of. He's also 48 years old and working his heart out for what must be a small amount of money-all the while fearful that what is served will not be what he is capable of. Note what his friend, the owner of "L'il Dino's," says about how hard it must be.

The answer, quite simply, may be Peter Chang's version of Komi, i.e. 30 or so seats, a reasonable prix fixe to allow this and reservations one month to the hour to the day. And a financial participation in the business. And the ability to retain control of the kitchen. (Remember, he did stay at the Chinese embassy for two years and fulfill his contract.)

He used the word "overwhelming." He is so good that he cannot avoid it; what he can do is control the setting and his interest in it. My question now is this: would you pay, say, $125 for a 12 course Chang dinner in a row house on 18th street? $100 for eight courses? This is no longer about a strip shopping center and $10-15 dishes; rather it's about the talent and imagination to create one of this city's (or any city's) best dining experiences. He seems to be a natural for a multi course tasting menu. Perhaps this is really more about showing one of the world's great cuisines and its ambassador the respect and paying the price it justly deserves.

I just hope he does it here. (And John B. has his private phone number for a reservation!)

D. C.would support a restaurant like this. I believe that Chang would be a champion of it. I also believe that we are underestimating the value of his cuisine to suggest that there is not a market for a multicourse higher end prix fixe dinner. Some of the best dishes I have ever had are Asian and would challenge the best I've had in, say, Paris or Barcelona. Restaurants like The Source and Chinois are not inexpensive dinners. My guess is that a prix fixe Chang dinner might rival or exceed what I would find at these. Why should I not expect to pay an appropriate price to experience this? Why do we want to categorize this chef as someone who is excellent but only in a restrictive price range? If he is that good then certainly he is worth an appropriate charge. Somehow, for myself, this level of talent is not about $10 or $15 dishes. Or $20 dishes. Rather, it costs what it costs to experience his best. With the following that he now has people will pay to taste his best. And that may not come as cheap as it has in the past.

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Wow my April Fools joke was quoted! If only they would get my name right!

Don't feel too bad. You are in the same boat as "Todd Kilman."

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Don't feel too bad. You are in the same boat as "Todd Kilman."

You are an eagle-eyed lady, Zora, to catch that one. Were you a proofreader in a previous life?

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And Germany, too. This is what it looks like after passing through Google Translation:

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Various theories are circulating on the Internet, why Peter Chang as h changes? Ufig its location. A more psychological interpretation is that not a man to deal with success k? Nne: Once he had established themselves somewhere, it would also help him again too much. Others speculate that the ignorant take him to the spirit with which he sits in? Resembled Done? Ft must grapple:) For example, people to whom its courts are too severe weight rzt? (In Szechuan pepper gives it a little bit more tuned . Or maybe Peter Chang flees from anything? Is it the mafia on their heels? If he has problems with the Einwanderungsbeh rden? In one of those periods, when Chang was traced, was blogged on the Internet: "The hunt for Peter Chang continues. The only question is whether we find him, before La Migra (the Einwanderungsbeh? Rde) does. If yes, are we adopt him to marry convert, in short, we will do, n what? is tig. " One idea is the Anh? Not yet come nger of Peter Chang in their endearing innocence: the man k?

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In 2002, the Kennedy Center produced the Sondheim Festival. One of the productions was Sondheim's Pacific Overtures. It was performed by the Japanese National Theater {IIRC} and was translated into Japanese with English supertitles. But instead of running the English libretto as the super titles, the Japanese director had a fresh translation of his translation. There were few real differences but they made for fun reading to anyone who knew the original.

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You are an eagle-eyed lady, Zora, to catch that one. Were you a proofreader in a previous life?

Nah. Merely nitpicky.

Stephen B's posted translation must be read out loud to appreciate its true absurd hilarity.

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The latest word from my contact in Charlottesville: click.

Where the hell is Short Pump? :lol:

Town right outside of Richmond. Click.

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The latest word from my contact in Charlottesville: click.

Where the hell is Short Pump? :lol:

Short Pump is a suburb north of Richmond in Henrico County, has some rather nice shops, caters to the well-heeled in the Richmond area, but is not exclusively up-scale. There is a big mall, and several sub-malls. Parking is not a problem, which is not true for Richmond, proper. Short Pump mall is on Broad Street, near I-64 and I-295.

If he picked Short Pump, that's not a bad choice.

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