A local Northeastern grad is making good on his promise to bring a new food concept to Boston. Alex Shan, who previously launched a Kickstarter campaign for a concept called Garlex, is the person behind StreetFood Revolution, the new restaurant moving into 48 Harvard Ave., where Camino Real used to be.
Shan, who received his masters in project management from Northeastern in 2014, has created a Facebook page for the restaurant and shared some of his goals in a review of the place:
It took me 2 years of preparation to establish the restaurant because I want to bring the "REAL" street food to you guys' tables. When I say "REAL", I mean the taste you can only find on the streets of China!
The concept appears to be related to the one Shan originally proposed on Kickstarter, where he wrote about how he missed the cuisine found in Xi'an, a central Chinese city, and wanted to bring authentic street-style food to the people of Boston.
Shan, whose parents operate a sushi restaurant in Austria, grew up in the industry and has worked in restaurant jobs in the city to learn the local business.
Signage is up for StreetFood Revolution, and a video posted on the restaurant's Facebook page indicated that there were some cold weather-related pipe issues. Camino Real closed in mid-January, so this is a quick turnaround for the space.
Just noticed this going into the Camino Real space in #Allston. Called "Street Food Revolution." That happened fast. pic.twitter.com/1EsfB8LXxn— sean behan (@seanbeh3) February 21, 2016
An exact menu for StreetFood is not yet known, but Allston can likely expect original recipes from China and more of Shan's enthusiasm for this concept. Eater has reached out for more details.
UPDATE, 2/26: Shan will appear before the licensing board on March 3 to apply for a common victualler license. He's seeking to operate between the hours of 9 a.m. and midnight, and the space will seat 49.
UPDATE, 3/4: The restaurant could open tomorrow (Saturday, March 5) if today's inspection is successful.