It seems like every time I open my email inbox, there’s another query like this one, from Eater Lit Wong: “Heard rumors that Din Tai Fung is opening on November 8th, which is today. Is this true? Any update about the opening date from your sources?”
Those rumors have been coming in thick and fast these past weeks, perhaps driven by a November 11 opening date listed on the Taiwan-based company’s North American website, removed shortly after it posted. Hardcore Yelpers planned their “opening day” onslaught for today, but have since postponed the meet-up at their new favorite (as-yet-unopened) restaurant, where — according to their event-thread — folks are staking-out the joint, chopsticks at the ready.
What’s driving the madness? Soup dumplings, for one thing. Though it didn’t help that owner David Wasielewski threw a big VIP grand opening party Saturday, November 6, at the new Lincoln Square restaurant. (Yes, I was invited. No, I didn’t go. And yes, I’m off my rocker.)
Anyway, here’s the word from my source, Wasielewski himself, who said this morning: “We’re definitely not opening today. We’re aiming to open this week. I have some friends coming over [to Lincoln Square] for trial meals, but the official answer is I don’t have an official opening date: it will be determined day-by-day.” So there. Stay tuned.