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David Chang’s Fuku Returns to Boston as a Delivery-Only Ghost Kitchen

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A hand holds up a fried chicken sandwich — a giant crispy patty in a small, squished bun.
A fried chicken sandwich from Fuku.
Nick Solares/Eater

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Restaurateur and television personality David Chang’s fried chicken chain, Fuku, returns to Boston on September 21 — but this time in ghost kitchen form, offering delivery around the South Boston area and expanding to the Everett area on September 24.

The fast-casual restaurant first opened in Boston’s Seaport District in late 2018, among quite a few other out-of-town chains, and in June 2019, new CEO Alex Muñoz-Suarez hinted at more locations in Boston and other East Coast cities. Expansion didn’t come to pass, and the only Boston location shut down early in the pandemic, with reps confirming in late 2020 that the storefront would not reopen — but that Fuku could return in delivery-only form via a partnership with Reef Kitchens, which operates “ghost kitchen” restaurants nationwide.

Indeed, that’s what’s happening now. Starting at 5 p.m. on September 21, Fuku will be serving sandwiches, chicken fingers, and waffle fries to Boston again, this time just via the major third-party delivery platforms, joining similar operations in New York City, Atlanta, Baltimore, Houston, Miami, and other cities. (New York also has two non-ghost locations that customers can actually enter.)

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Disclosure: David Chang is producing shows for Hulu in partnership with Vox Media Studios, part of Eater’s parent company, Vox Media. No Eater staff member is involved in the production of those shows, and this does not impact coverage on Eater.

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