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Fuku restaurant chain heads to Capital One Arena

Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. is to open two Fuku fried chicken stands when renovation works at the venue are completed later this year.

The venue, which serves as the home of NBA basketball team the Washington Wizards and NHL ice hockey franchise the Washington Capitals, is set to open stands on the main concourse and in the new PwC Club.

The Washington Post newspaper reported that the Fuku stands will open in partnership with Aramark, Capital One Arena’s concessions partner. Products will include spicy fried chicken sandwiches and jalapeño fries.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Fuku to Capital One Arena this fall, where it will join premiere dining options from chefs Cat Cora and Alex McCoy,” Monumental Sports and Entertainment president of business operations Jim Van Stone said in a statement reported by the Post.

“Fuku will offer fans a delicious, exciting menu and will help us continue to build on our commitment to deliver a world-class entertainment experience to every fan who comes through the doors at Capital One Arena.”

Fuku already has locations at New York’s Citi Field and Madison Square Garden. The chain is owned by Wizards fan David Chang.

MSE revealed details of a host of improvements to Capital One Arena back in February.

Brand new padded seats, complete with cup-holders, are set to be fitted throughout the arena, while a new state-of-the-art sound system will improve the experience for fans attending sports fixtures or music events.

Concourses on the 100 and 400 levels will also be given a makeover and will receive new flooring, lighting and decoration. Two new premium lounges will be introduced – a main concourse area and a new premium club for floor and glass row seat members.

Other features of the renovation will include newly modernised concessions; an enhanced culinary experience; a transformation of the PwC Club area; new digital displays and wayfinding signage; and an upgrading of the arena’s retail store, which will now be open all year.

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