Posts for January 4, 2013

And Such Small Portions?

"In Somerville, near Boston, the young, self-taught owners of a restaurant called Journeyman made tasting-only menus a part of their business plan, along with the usual local/seasonal/carted-from-the-farm-or-raised-in-our-window-boxes ingredients. When I dined there last year, the inflexibility of the dour, dogmatic servers would have been comical had it not been so infuriating."—Corby Kummer in Vanity Fair, on the tyranny of fine dining [VF, EN]

Patrick Dempsey Buys Tully’s Coffee Chain for $9 Million

National treasure.

Rejoice: Patrick Dempsey has succeeded in his heroic mission to save Tully's Coffee, a Seattle-based company that filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in October. "We met the green monster, looked her in the eye, and ... SHE BLINKED! We got it! Thank you Seattle!" McDreamy tweeted last night. (Somewhere, Hugh Jackman is brooding.)

Should we now call him McSteamy? »

Legal Sea Foods Could Frighten Chinese Tourists

This is according to Evan Saunders, the CEO of Saunders “Attract China,” a start-up that helps American restaurants and hotels "get noticed online" in China. PRI's The World reports: "Saunders said the word ‘legal,’ when associated with a restaurant, can be confusing for Chinese people. He said they market tested it and people in China thought legal meant 'maybe a government-associated company, that is involved in making sure people go to jail if they’re not serving the right things.'"

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The Sinclair Opens for Dinner on Monday Night

And now for some pleasant Harvard Square news: A rep tells Grub Street that the Sinclair, the music venue-slash-restaurant with a menu developed by Michael Schlow, officially opens for dinner on Monday night at 52 Church St. in Cambridge. The Sinclair was previously open only for shows. We're anxious to suck down some chicken liver puree! [Earlier]

OMG: Has OM Closed?

Patricia Yeo was formerly the chef at OM.Photo: Melissa Hom

The former Harvard Square (h)om(e) of Chicago-bound Patricia Yeo seems to have shuttered, even though her name's still all over the website. A poster on Chowhound reports that they're no longer on Open Table; a phone call by both the baffled Hound and Grub Street yielded no answer. Mysteriously, the restaurant is reportedly "a mess. All the downstairs barstools and couches are gone and a ladder propped up in the middle of the floor. Called out but no one answered." Bizarre!

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Subway Clerk Threatens to Kill Man Who Wanted Ketchup on His Cheesesteak

Eat fresh, but watch your back.

A man named Luis Martinez was feeling hungry on Tuesday night, so he went to the Subway shop inside his local Orange Country, Florida (of course), Wal-Mart and proceeded to order a Philly cheesesteak with American cheese, onions, and ketchup. That's when things went horribly wrong.

"That's when I flew off the handle." »

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