And then there were nine.

Five months after the Erie Downtown Development Corp. announced the first eight restaurant concepts accepted for the Flagship City Food Hall, the ninth and final vendor has been named.

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Noodlelove, an Asian fusion concept, might not seem like an obvious choice for the 150-seat food hall that’s under construction along State Street and North Park Row, at the site of the former Sherlock’s and Park Place taverns.

Noodlelove opened two years ago on Mott Street in Manhattan and was followed last summer with a COVID-inspired outdoor-dining popup called Umma.

The restaurant has received favorable coverage in the New York Times. One of the dishes at Umma, Seoul Alle Vongole, was ranked by the Gothamist, an online publication of New York Public Radio, as one of the best new dishes of 2020.

So how does this New York City restaurant concept – self-described as “a culinary lifestyle dedicated to delicious, healthy Asian food, and the commitment to serving love daily,” — find its way to Erie?

Erie native Christopher Potter, director of business development for Noodlelove, came home for a visit.

This is a contributed photo of a noodle dish from the New York restaurant Noodlelove.

Potter, 47, is a graduate of Cathedral Preparatory School who moved to New York City after spending 10 years in Pittsburgh, beginning with four years at the University of Pittsburgh. Recently, he came back to Erie to spend some time with his father, who was ill.

It was during that visit that he began to pay attention to changes in his hometown, including the downtown redevelopment efforts led by the EDDC.

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