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Rick Moonen dishes on the X Train menu and his hopes for an L.A. restaurant

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Rick Moonen, a finalist on “Top Chef Masters” and owner of RM Seafood in Vegas, will be conducting the X Train’s food and beverage program. Moonen anticipates the train will have its maiden voyage from L.A. to Vegas on New Years Eve 2011, but he’s already brainstorming ideas for the menu.
“We’re going to have a sit-down sushi bar car. We want the food to be so good that people get on early. We might do something like a dim sum cart of some sort because it’s immediate,” Moonen says. “It won’t necessarily be fine dining. I don’t think we’ll open up with something that fancy.” In Moonen’s classic childlike fashion, he wants to name the dining car Chew Chew.

But that’s not the only project in the works. Moonen has been scoping space for a future restaurant in Los Angeles, including downtown’s Union Station. It’s still very much in the ideas stage, but he seems enthused about bringing his sustainable-seafood-focused concept to L.A.

To read more about Moonen’s upcoming endeavors, head to ThisIsBrandX.com.

-- Krista Simmons

Follow me on Twitter @kristasimmons

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