2014 | Dine

Peter Chang’s New Rockville Restaurant Receives Approval for Beer and Wine License

Celebrated Chinese chef's new restaurant moves another step closer to opening

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Peter Chang's new Chinese restaurant plans to open at the former Taste of Saigon space at Rockville Town Square

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Peter Chang’s highly anticipated new restaurant at Rockville Town Square received approval for a beer and wine license Thursday.

The popular, but somewhat reclusive Chinese chef announced plans in August to open a 3,100-square-foot restaurant at the former location of Taste of Saigon at 20-A Maryland Avenue.

The Montgomery County Board of License Commissioners approved the restaurant for a Class H beer and wine license, which won’t allow the restaurant to serve liquor.

But Chang’s restaurants have never been about the drinks. He’s known for his spicy Sichuan-style Chinese cooking. His dishes are a personal favorite of Washingtonian food critic Todd Kliman, whose adventures tracking Chang down as he moved around in suburban Virginia in the mid-2000s was the subject of a New Yorker article in 2010.

Since gaining fame, Chang, a former chef at the Chinese Embassy in D.C. who was trained at the Sichuan Higher Institute of Cuisine in China, has opened five restaurants, including Virginia locations in Richmond, Williamsburg and Fredericksburg.

The restaurant plans to serve Chang’s popular dishes like duck in stone pot, scallion bubble pancakes and grandma’s steamed pork belly.

The restaurant planned to open the 80-seat restaurant in January, according to an August report in The Washington Post.