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Chef Erik-Bruner Yang is capping off his busy year by opening a pop-up hot pot restaurant on H Street NE tomorrow in the Impala Cantina space. The chef is also behind Maketto, Brothers and Sisters, Paper Horse, and Spoken English. Yang kicked off his career in the neighborhood when Toki Underground opened in April 2011.
The eponymous restaurant, Yangs, allows customers to choose their broth, sauces, meat, seafood, vegetables, and noodles for a fully customizable experience. Some of the ingredients to swirl in the bubbling broth are standard, like shaved eye of round beef and an array of four kinds of mushrooms. But there are some surprises too, like fried Chinese dough sticks and bamboo noodles.
Hot pot will be served upstairs and a small menu of tacos priced at $3 will be served downstairs. Drinks lean heavy on Mexican beers, plus frozen margaritas and wine.
Yangs is part of Bruner-Yang’s restaurant company Foreign National, and the team includes chef de cuisine James Wozniuk and beverage director Colin Sugalski.
Bruner-Yang describes Yangs as somewhere between a pop-up an a permanent restaurant. “If it does well, we’ll keep it going,” he says.
Yangs will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 5 p.m. to close.
Yangs, 1358 H St. NE
This post has been updated to reflect that Yangs is a pop-up, not permanent.