Asian-Fusion Restaurant Signs Lease at SI’s Empire Outlets


(Rendering: SHoP Architects)
(Rendering: SHoP Architects)

Yong Kang Street, an eatery featuring a mix of Chinese, Japanese and traditional Taiwanese cuisine, has signed a lease for 3,500 square feet at the Empire Outlets on Staten Island, according to a press release issued by BFC Partners, the developer of the outdoor mall.

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Yong Kang Street will open in late 2016, the release noted, and will be one of the roughly 100 shops to open at that time at the 1-million-square-foot development which will include a hotel, 12 restaurant concepts and a parking garage.

David Wu, the executive chef of HIG Management which runs the restaurant, said in a statement that “given its strategic location outside the ferry terminal, Empire Outlets will attract tourists and locals, which made it an ideal spot for our first restaurant on the East Coast.”

“We are beyond excited to welcome Yong Kang Street to Empire Outlets,” said Joseph Ferrara, a principal at BFC Partners, in prepared remarks. “I have no doubt in my mind that when HIG brings this concept over to Empire Outlets that it is going to be an experience that people will want to experience time and time again.”

The restaurant also has a location at Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, at which Mr. Ferrara was planning to dine Tuesday night while at the International Council of Shopping Centers in Vegas to make sure it would be a good fit.

The Empire Outlets will feature a Nordstrom Rack, H&M, Gap Outlet, Banana Republic Factory Store, White House Black Market, Guess Factory Store, U.S. Polo Assn and a Columbia Sportswear Company among its 340,000 square feet of retail space.

Out of the 340,000 square feet of the retail space, 150,000 is already leased, Mr. Ferrara told Commercial Observer on Tuesday.

Asking rents were not immediately available.

With additional reporting provided by Lauren Elkies Schram.