Popular automat dumpling franchise Brooklyn Dumpling Shop is heading to Florida with six locations in the Sunshine State planned, including four in Miami and two in Orlando. The first one is slated to debut sometime in 2022 in Wynwood.
Brooklyn Dumpling Shop first debuted in New York’s East Village in 2020, founded by Stratis Morfogen who was once behind the splashy Chinese restaurant Philippe Chow (he is no longer affiliated with the restaurant) and New York Asian steakhouse Brooklyn Chop House. The restaurant is bringing back the automat style of dying where dining is contact-free and guests receive their food in cubbies while kitchen staff is out of sight. Guests order online or through a digital kiosk and when their order is ready they scan a bar code to grab their items from a temperature-controlled locker. They can then either eat on-site or take the food to go.
The 24-hour restaurant serves 32 different versions of dumpling including pastrami, bacon cheeseburger, lamb gyro, French onion soup, Philly cheesesteak, reuben, peanut butter and jelly, and even breakfast versions called “breakfast cro’sumplings” made in a croissant-shape with flavors like bacon, egg, and cheese. Sides include items like wontons, spring roles, fries, coleslaw, and crispy Nutella drops. Beer, wine, coffee, tea, and soda can also be found.
The brand has aggressive expansion plans with 250 shops in the works over the next two years after just launching in New York City last year with plans to open in New Jersey, Texas, Connecticut, and Texas.