A Chinese street food chain known for its soup and “Chinese burgers” — known as rougamo — has closed its Allston location. A sign posted in the window of Xi’an Street Foods (182 Brighton Ave., Allston) indicates that the restaurant will be replaced by a hand-pulled noodle shop. (While Xi’an cuisine is known, in part, for its hand-pulled noodles, Xi’an Street Foods did serve them but focused more on rougamo.)
A hearing page on the Licensing Board of the City of Boston’s website confirms the news, indicating that IFresh Noodle LLC has applied for a new common victualler license at the 182 Brighton Ave. space once occupied by Xi’an Street Foods. There is no indication that the new business is related to the old one.
Xi’an Street Foods opened in January 2018. It was the first, and seemingly only, American location of the chain, per its website. The Xi’an Street Foods menu offered a variety of skewers and noodle dishes — including hand-pulled biang biang noodles — and one of Shaanxi’s most beloved street foods, the aforementioned rougamo. Rougamo is like a Chinese burger, only instead of a bun, two pieces of layered flatbread house the meat (traditionally pork, lamb, or beef).
It is not clear at the moment when IFresh Noodle will open on Brighton Avenue. Keep an eye out for hand-pulled noodles — and if you can’t wait, try the hand-pulled noodles at Gene’s Chinese Flatbread Cafe in downtown Boston, Home Taste in Watertown or Arlington, MDM Noodles in Brighton, Silk Road Express in Allston, or Xi’an Rougamo in Boston’s Downtown Crossing, among a few other local spots.