Chewology Dumpling & Dough will be a “deliciously sophisticated spin on the old-fashioned Asian masterpiece,” said its owner and chef.
Katie Liu-Sung has leased a 1,600-square-foot space in the Corrigan Building complex, now under redevelopment at 19th and Walnut streets, for a planned December opening. The restaurant will seat about 90 people and will have an open kitchen where customers can watch the dough rolling and dumpling folding process.
Liu-Sung was born in Taiwan and raised in Los Angeles. She earned a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Missouri in 2007 and moved to Kansas City in 2010 after her husband finished his degree. She also has been working in Taiwan, marketing for her family’s cosmetic surgery clinic and traveling to research the cuisine for Chewology, while also raising her young daughter..
She will be using family recipes that she will tweak, like daikon with a cilantro pork base or vegetarian option, and will rotate the fillings based on seasonal ingredients.
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“I learned from my mom and my mom’s mom, the typical Asian way, and my mom will be here to help me,” Liu-Sung said. “When it is fresh, it’s the best.”
She also has a week to go on a Kickstarter campaign.
The historic 10-story Corrigan Building at 1828 Walnut St. was named after a supporter of early rail transit in Kansas City. It was set to be redeveloped into luxury apartments, but now the circa 1921 building will be the centerpiece of a $40 million-plus office project.
It will include a 35,000-square-foot addition that extends the structure to the streetcar line on Main Street and a 277-space parking garage on the northeast corner of 19th and Walnut streets. Chewology will be a tenant on the first floor of the garage.
Plans call for about 14,000 square feet of retail across the three buildings.