Noodo Monster’s owners have confirmed the Yellowknife food truck is set to close, just one year after opening.
The purveyor of ramen and noodles thrilled residents when it first opened in Kam Lake in January 2018.
However, the owners say they must close in January 2019 “for family reasons.”
In a Facebook post late on Monday, Noodo Monster said the business was now for sale – including all equipment and recipes.
“Unfortunately … my sister has to go back to China in January 2019,” the food truck’s post began.
“We are very sorry that we have to close Noodo Monster permanently on January 9th, 2019 (January 8th will be the last day). It’s really a tough decision for us to make.
“You are the best customers and thank you very much for your support. We will miss you all.”
Noodo Monster’s staff reminisced in the Facebook post about saving the names of regular customers into their phones alongside that customer’s preferred order, adding Yellowknife is “the coldest place we ever lived … but we met the warmest people.”
Noodo Monster is operated by Will Sun, his partner Serena Zheng, and her sister – the chef – Dani Zheng.
Sun and his partner arrived in Yellowknife three years ago and initially planned to renovate the Mackenzie Lounge on 49 Street before settling on the idea of a food truck.
They found their truck in Ontario and made a 25-day, 12,000-km round trip to fetch it – including a stop in Toronto to buy all the equipment they would need.
Noodo Monster’s audacious January opening in Kam Lake won it a sizeable following even before its move to downtown Yellowknife for the summer food truck season.
“The food trailer business is now for sale with all equipments and recipes. It’s a great business for a family to operate and it’s a ready-to-open business,” Noodo Monster added on its Facebook page.
“We will help the buyer to make the transition smoothly,” the business added, listing a range of areas in which the current owners are prepared to help a prospective buyer – even including use of the name Noodo Monster, should the new owner wish.