Posts for November 27, 2012

Vaguely Vulgar Restaurant Name Has Chattanooga in a Tizzy

Say it three times fast.

The guys who own Aretha Frankenstein and Crust Pizza in Chattanooga are making patties from grass-fed beef, bringing in some "extraordinary" buns from Atlanta, getting liquid nitrogen to cool their milkshakes, and even installing a very large recliner in their new restaurant, called Sofa King Juicy Burger. Say that fast enough, though, and you'll realize it's a restaurant name only a 9-year-old would love. In Chattanooga, some citizens are upset by the thought of increased expletive uttering because of the still-under-construction restaurant, with one newscaster even asking, "How will this go over with locals and those looking to put down roots?" One town resident says he will stop at nothing to make sure the restaurant does not open, but no one takes him seriously because his name is Noah Vale. [HuffPo]

And Such Small Portions

Eater Boston reports via Craigslist that a "high-end establishment with European/International atmosphere" is coming to Allston. Garage Lounge is "seeking a variety of employees, including go-go dancers." The private supper club will offer a Scotch bar, tapas, entertainment, VIP tables, and most important, a "highly selective" door. Begin grooming yourselves: It should open in mid-December. [EB]

Joe Blow: Patent Office Denies Dunkin’ Donuts’ ‘Best Coffee’ Claim

America might run on Dunkin', but that doesn't necessarily mean their coffee's any good. Boston-based coffee empire Dunkin' Donuts' petitioned to trademark the phrase "best coffee in America," but the U.S. Patent Office rejected the claim, saying it's "merely laudatory and descriptive," not patent-worthy (perhaps the office's staff prefers Starbucks?). The Dunkin-deprived folks at the Los Angeles Times also note that "insiders" can order the coffee with flavor shots, but those in New England realize that the proper way to order a DD coffee is "regulah," with sugar and cream. [LAT]

Twinkies Takeover? Tastykake Maker Is Top Contender to Bid for Hostess

Gone, but not for much longer.

That didn't take long: It's only been about a week since Hostess shut down its three dozen bakeries and put its nearly 20,000 employees on the unemployment line after mediation talks fizzled out, and a potential buyer for the brand has already emerged. The Wall Street Journal says that Flower Foods, the Georgia-based baker that last year snatched up Philadelphia’s Tasty Baking Company — makers of Tastykakes — is a top contender to make a strong bid for at least some of Hostess's assets.

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Cinquecento Prepares for Lift-Off on Thursday Night, Opens to Public on Friday

Salt-cured sardines.

The moment we've been waiting for has finally arrived. The Aquitaine Group's Cinquecento will introduce itself to Boston on Thursday with a swanky invite-only party, we're told; stay tuned for photos and luscious recollections from within the inner sanctum. Mere mortals, your day will come on Friday night, when it opens to the public. [Earlier]

FDA Shuts Down Trader Joe’s–Associated Peanut Butter Plant

Back in September Trader Joe’s voluntarily pulled its Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter from store shelves over concerns that it had sickened dozens with salmonella. Yesterday the FDA, wielding new power granted to it from last year’s food safety law, moved to shut down the New Mexico facility where the offending peanut butter was made. (The plant also made peanut butter for companies like Whole Foods and Target.) Identifying the peanut butter and other nut products processed there as a "reasonable probability" of causing serious health problems or death, the agency suspended the manufacturer Sunland Inc.’s registration. The AP says that under old rules, the FDA would have had to take Sunland to court to block it from producing or distributing food. Now the onus is on the company to prove that its facilities are clean and safe before it can resume operations. Considering FDA officials discovered dirty equipment, improper handling of ingredients, and trailers full of peanuts outside the facility that were left uncovered and exposed to rain and birds, it sounds as though they've got some work to do. [AP, Earlier]

Watch This Chinese Dishwasher Sanitize Plates Like Nobody’s Business

This video, posted on LiveLeak and YouTube yesterday, shows a super-speedy pot washer who, with his soapy squeeze bottles and trusty sanitizer (we hope) at the ready, dispenses with a stack of twentysomething dim sum plates with finesse and ease. This man and his scrubbie are keeping the dream of scullions everywhere alive. If you've ever scrubbed pots and washed dishes in a restaurant, this one's for you.

Long live the four-compartment sink. »

Vinebrook Tavern, From Michael Schlow and Todd English Alums, Opens

Now open for business.Photo: Vinebrook Tavern

Vinebrook Tavern has opened on Waltham Street in Lexington (site of the short-lived Bucca di Beppo and, before that, Vinny T's House of Overpowering Garlic Aromas ). At the helm are Market at the W alum Marcus Palmer and Brian Lesser of Storyville and Sweet Cheeks. Chef Chris Frothingham, who has spent quality time in Todd English's kitchens, is hot off a stint at the Met Bar.

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Will Mario Batali's Otto Go Crust to Crust With Our Otto? Do You Mind?

Do we get our own GOOP now?Photo: PBS

Yesterday we went out on a limb and speculated that the Boston "Babbopizzeria" gleefully tweeted about by Molto Mario over the weekend would probably actually be another branch of New York's Otto. Of course, there are already a few indie Otto pizzerias right here, operated by guys from Portland and quickly poised to take off where Upper Crust got burnt. A Batali rep tells us that she'll have more solid information within the next couple of weeks, and Boston Business Journal says that reports about Batali signing a lease at 320 Summer St. in Fort Point contain "misinformation," also per a rep. Hmm.

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Grubstreet Sweeps

Recent reader reviews on MenuPages

  • Cookin' Cafe & Grill See the menu

    “Cookin is gooood!”

    I'm picky about meatball subs so when I say is good it's really good

  • The Pour House See the menu

    “Awsome food and drink”

    After spending all your hard earned dollars in the Pru enjoy a few cool one here before you take the T home.

  • Il Villaggio See the menu

    “Absolutely Amazing”

    Having worked at Olive Garden for 3 years I guess I never really knew what REAL Italian food tasted like.


Kara Baskin
NY Mag