Ling and Louie, meet Randy and Michael. Oh, and Jason. Him, too.
More specifically, Randy Schoch, Michael McDermott, and Jason Merritt. They're the restaurateurs bringing a new kind of Ling & Louie's, the Asian bar and grill with locations in Chandler and Scottsdale (and five other cities in the U.S.) to Biltmore Fashion Park in December.
Called Ling & Louie's Kitchen, the new concept will be decidedly more upscale. One that McDermott, whose also had a hand in developing Kona Grill, describes as "an inviting but edgy lunch and dinner destination in a category of all its own to the Biltmore area."
And since Schoch, who helped develop the original Ling & Louie's concept, and McDermott and Merritt, who own Black Chile Mexican Grill, all have a hand in Ling & Louie's Kitchen, moving the new restaurant into the Black Chile space shouldn't be an issue. In fact, the move into the 7,500 square-foot space starts today.
What can diners expect? Brace yourselves for New Wave Pad Thai.
Similar to the Ling & Louie's story (where Ling's Asian flair meets Louie's American comfort food), Ling & Louie's Kitchen will kick it up a notch with twists on American favorites including salads, burgers, and sandwiches.
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Signature dishes will include Firecracker Chicken, Black Orchid Ahi, Braised Duck Flatbread, and New Wave Pad Thai. And guests can expect a variety of specialty cocktails (think Ling's Margarita) as well as beer, including the locally brewed Ling & Louie's Copper Ale, and sake.