Chef Johnny Chu Opening Two New Restaurants in Phoenix

Johnny Chu at Sochu House.
Johnny Chu at Sochu House.
Nikki Buchanan

The new year is already shaping up to be a busy one for Johnny Chu.

The Hong Kong-born chef, along with wife, partner, and general manager Linda Q, are planning to open not one, but two Asian-themed restaurants in midtown Phoenix by the end of February. The couple currently operates SoChu House in Central Phoenix as well as T.Spot, the ramen, hot pot, and Asian tea house (formerly known as Tien Wong Hot Pot) in Chandler.

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Located at 7822 North 12th Street (12th Street and Northern), the two new restaurants, called Shabu Fondue and RedThai Southeast Asian Kitchen, will be adjacent to each other inside the same building.

Linda Q tells me Shabu Fondue essentially will be Tien Wong Hot Pot but with a more extensive soup broth and ingredient menu for guests to choose from when creating their own table-sharing soups. All the meat- and vegetarian-friendly broths will be gluten-free and made with zero oil.

RedThai Southeast Asian Kitchen, Linda says, will be a Thai and Vietnamese restaurant and bar with a focus on traditional offerings such as pho and Thai noodle dishes. The new restaurant will also offer a spin on Southeast Asian street eats, curries, spring rolls, and clay-pot creations.

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