A Chinatown restaurant known for its Korean fried chicken is trying to open a second local outpost in Allston — a neighborhood that is already rich with Korean fried chicken, so it would be a good fit. Crave - Mad for Chicken, which opened at 75 Kneeland St. in Boston’s Chinatown about four years ago, is waiting on Boston’s licensing board to approve the transfer of a liquor license from the now-closed Market Lounge.
Crave has a hearing scheduled for October 3. The address of the proposed second location is 128 Brighton Ave., where Mattress Firm used to operate, and directly next to the now-shuttered Sunset Grill & Tap.
Crave owner Susan Cheng told Eater she chose Allston as the restaurant’s next location because she grew up in this part of the city.
“I love the crowd there,” said Cheng. “I love the atmosphere.”
Cheng said that there’s no solid timeline for opening — “It’s up to the city of Boston” — and that they are currently renovating the space. (She’s hoping to open by spring 2019, though.)
The Allston menu will be similar to the Chinatown menu — fried chicken, dumplings, sushi, salads — with, according to Cheng, a few slight differences. Crave also has a couple siblings out of town: Mad for Chicken in Flushing, New York, and New York Wing Factory in Fort Lee, New Jersey.