Acclaimed Chef Peter Chang is Opening a Fast-Casual Concept called Peter Chang Wok

Once a culinary disappearing act, the talented Peter Chang is about to become a more reliable figure in the Virginia region

A property in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood is also speculated to be the site of Chang’s flagship restaurant. 

Peter Chang, the elusive chef known for creating masterful Szechuan cuisine in unassuming Chinese restaurants —  and for his ability to disappear suddenly from those restaurants, leaving his loyal fans to physically track him down (one critic traveled across three states) — is soon to become a touch more accessible to those who work so hard to eat his food.

The chef, along with his business partner Gen Lee, are working on a fast-casual, pared-down version of his signature Szechuan cuisine in Arlington, Virginia. Lee called the concept a “test case,” which could mean a potential expansion of Peter Chang Wok.

The chef also has a high-end project planned for Rockville Town Square, and yet another location in Washington, D.C. is speculated to be the site of a flagship restaurant for Chang, according to the Washington Post.


In Arlington, Chang will take over the Oriental Gourmet space and open within days of the lease signing. Gen Lee told the Washington Post that the new concept is expected to open “any minute.”