Based on a tip from Panic Inc. co-founder Cabel Sasser, the O reports Las Vegas dim sum restaurant Yong Kang Street could be expanding to downtown Portland. Founded in 2014, Yong Kang Street serves Taiwanese-style dim sum, dumplings, and noodles, and, if the news were true, the restaurant would be the first tenant in Pioneer Place Mall’s revamped dining area (the downtown mall’s dining overhaul is currently under construction and takes inspiration from the food hall movement).
The O was unable to reach Yong Kang Street or Pioneer Place to confirm the news, but it reports the word on the street "appears" to be true based on some "plans" of the redesigned food court it was able to review. Speculation seems to become fact later in the article, when the question is no longer “if” but “when” the franchise will open in Portland. Eater has reached out to Yong Kang Street for an update.
If the news is true, Portland’s dim sum game, which mostly flourishes on the fringes of the city, would gain a foothold in the city center. Yong Kang Street has locations in Las Vegas and New York City, and they roll out the classic dim sum setup, with waitstaff pushing carts loaded with steamed pork and shrimp dumplings, fried rice, and wontons for you to fill your plate to your heart’s content.
- Yong Kang Street [Official]
- Is downtown Portland getting a new dim sum restaurant? [Oregonian]