If you had to guess which Boston area restaurant was planning to open shop across the pond in fancypants London, perhaps you would guess Menton, the only local restaurant with Relais & Châteaux status, which is the kind of credential you might think a restaurant needs in order to export from Boston to the capital of the UK. You almost certainly would not guess that it would be the tiny DooWee & Rice in Somerville's Powderhouse Square, which has gained a food nerd following for dishes like crispy chicken hearts atop French fries doused with "great white sauce."
A Facebook post by the restaurant features a graphic proclaiming "DooWee & Rice London" along with a note saying "It's happening." Owner Duy Tran tells Eater that a London location is planned for this year thanks to some help from a former culinary school colleague. The overseas location will be a franchise, though Tran himself will make the trek to do the training. Until this, Toro's expansion to NYC seemed like the biggest imaginable leap for a local restaurant, but this is just unheard of. Tran also suggested that there may be more DooWee & Rice action happening elsewhere in Boston, hinting at some possible activity in Allston. Stay tuned.