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Kimbo's Noodle Bar and Wide Coffee

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Students and business types roaming the midday Fan streets in the new year need not worry about going hungry or tired, thanks to Steve Kim.

Kim is busy putting the final touches on Kimbo's Noodle Bar and Wide Coffee, two new restaurants at 1100 W. Cary St. He hopes the new ventures will fill the vacuum left when Bruegger's Bagels closed two years ago.

One thing is certain — Wide Coffee will look like a million bucks since it was designed by HL Reed Design, the brains behind the Community Pride transformation into Main Street Brewing Company in the upper Fan.

Forget the homey coziness of most coffee bars, Kim says. Wide will be total "urban chic," with plenty of goateed youth lounging around stainless steel and shellac.

Nearly two pages long, the coffee menu offers many exotic decaf and caffeine-filled drinks in three sizes — single, double and wide. We're still waiting for the double-wide — reminds us of home.

Kimbo's Noodle Bar promises more of the same, with a large menu for the hungry, and fast service for the hungry jet set.

We got an early look at the menu, and we salivated over it at length. When Kimbo's opens Monday, Jan. 10, the lower Fan will no longer be known as "home of the Ramen." This new noodle bar has variety galore, ranging from steak satay to pad Thai to veggie sesame noodles. Don't worry about breaking the bank — a 10-spot gets you anything you want. Tastemakers will see you in line when Kim opens for business

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