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Hot People’s Leopold Liao tells Y&H that the almost-two-year-told restaurant at 1734 Wisconsin Ave. NW was previously run by his aunt, but the business was struggling. When she started thinking about calling it quits, he offered to step in and take it over. Liao says he initially thought about changing the name to Hot People, like his truck, but he worried that neighbors would think it was a nightclub.
Liao’s father-in-law Chaofa Liu, previously a hotel chef in Chengdu, China, took over the kitchen about two months ago. The restaurant is launching a new menu in about two weeks that will be slimmed down to 24 dishes. Among Liao’s favorites: the salt and pepper shrimp and dumplings, hand-made each morning. The menu is completely separate from Hot People’s menu, which includes Chinese tacos, spicy cold noodles, and dishes like “sassy chicken” and “bikini beef.”
But you will still be able to get your sassy chicken on the truck. Liao says it’s not going anywhere.
Photo courtesy Leopold Liao