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Wen's Yunnan Noodle & Ramen Will Land on Newbury Street This Fall

Its signature dish comes with a 150-year-old legend.

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Wen's Yunnan Noodle & Ramen
Wen's Yunnan Noodle & Ramen

Wen's Yunnan Noodle & Ramen (or, Wen's Rice Noodle & Ramen) is in the works at 247 Newbury Street, and manager Ray Zheng said he hopes to start serving "cross-the-bridge" noodles and more this November.

The storefront has been empty since late June, when Boloco announced it would not renew its lease after 15 years at the site, Boston Restaurant Talk reported.

In early August, the team behind Wen's launched a Facebook page and claimed its Yelp site. "Established in 2015. We are a start up business," it shares on Yelp, adding it will specialize in cross-the-bridge noodles, a 150-year tradition from the Yunnan Province in China.

The legend of the dish is regaled on Wen's website. It takes the reader to a beautiful, jade-colored lake in Yunnan Province, a tranquil study spot for diligent scholars. One scholar's wife crossed a bridge to bring him a meal every day, but so engrossed in his studies, the scholar often forgot to eat before it got cold.

So, she cooked up a soup recipe with a chicken broth that created an oily top layer that helped insulate it. Separately, she packed her husband's favorite noodles, fresh vegetables, and meats, so he could assemble the meal when he was ready. Of course, the hearty soup helped him pass his exams with flying colors, and honor was brought to their village.

Wen's will offer this dish with chicken, beef, pork, seafood, Chinese sausage, and/or vegetables; and will also serve traditional, Japanese ramen bowls, including shoyu, tonkotsu, miso, and shio. Bubble teas will also be available.

Keep an eye on Wen's Facebook as it heads toward its anticipated November debut.