Posts for February 4, 2013

Schlow: Taking Tico to the People

A chopped salad at Tico.

It's been a Schlow-y day here at Grub Street. First we brought you news of Michael Schlow's new Barrio Cantino. Now, relaxing at the end of a long day, we read the Improper piece on Ken Oringer, complete with news of his New York Toro opening date. Nestled within the piece is this tidbit: People in D.C. just love Tico!

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Walnut Grille, a Vegetarian and Vegan "Experience," Has Newton Plans

COMING TO HELP.Photo: Twitter/BrandNewWatch

Isn't this precious? Walnut Grille, a vegetarian-vegan restaurant that bills itself as an "experience," will move into the former Christina's space at 1203 Walnut Street in Newton, following in the footsteps of ever-so-wholesome Prana.

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Watch the Teaser for Waffle Hut, a Food-Focused TV Pilot

Welcome to Waffle Hut, a fictional restaurant in Traver, Ohio, where everyone is a talented sketch-comedy veteran. There's Wendi McLendon-Covey (Bridesmaids, Reno 911) as restaurant owner Reba, plus Colleen Camp, Melanie Hutsell (SNL), Beth Crosby, Jack Plotnick, Sam Pancake, and Drew Droege, who is playing a woman who has "deer tick's disease." It's a pilot that was written and directed by William Butler and shot last year, but has only popped up online in the last couple of days. And it appears the show is still up for grabs, so check out the trailer and decide for yourself if Waffle Hut deserved (deserves?) to be picked up for a cable slot.

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Boston’s Toro to Open in New York This Spring

The beloved South End tapas restaurant has a new opening date. Ken Oringer and chef Jamie Bissonnette are aiming to launch Toro in May or June in the Chelsea Nabisco factory that houses Del Posto and Colicchio & Sons. Oringer's no stranger to the city; he grew up in New Jersey and has been gazing at New York for years (what else is there to do in Jersey?). "With the lights just across the river, you can imagine what that was like growing up," he says. If his New York outpost is anything like the Boston original, you can expect pork-and-snail paella, Spanish tuna belly, and lots of jamón. [Earlier, Improper]

Takeru Kobayashi Reduced to Pay-for-Play Stunt Eating at Low-Rent Frat Parties

So, speaking of Nathan's Famous, last night six-time Hot Dog Eating Contest champion Takeru Kobayashi ate a Domino's pizza at some dude's Super Bowl party. He was paid $1,500 for this, Deadspin reports, and as you can see in the video ahead, the competitive eater almost doesn't pull it off. Also, a vaguely xenophobic beer-chugging contest went down after this. Awesome.

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Chefs Who Served Whale Sushi Are Going to Jail

Spicy blubber rolls: Not worth the jail time.

In 2010, the documentarian-activist team behind the Academy award–winning movie The Cove
— which exposed the cruelty and the clandestine practice of dolphin-slaughter in Japan — made waves stateside when they revealed that a popular sushi restaurant near the Santa Monica Airport was serving endangered whale meat in plain sight. After two undercover diners at the Hump were offered "pink broad slices" of what turned out to be Sei whale, the team circled back with federal agents. While for a moment it seemed like charges might be dropped, a federal jury last week indicted the owners of the restaurant's parent company and two former sushi chefs for conspiracy to import and sell an endangered species. In addition to the parent company facing fines of up to $1.2 million, one of the two chefs may serve 67 years in federal prison. [LAT, Earlier, Earlier]

Pizza Perfection: 101 Awesome American Pies (and Slices)

It must be hell to be a carbophobe these days, particularly in New York. After all, you can't swing a cat in this town without hitting a delicately crisp, brightly flavored, meticulously crafted pizza. All over the city, you can see these tortured souls muddling through their starch-free lives, battling temptation at every turn.

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Michael Schlow's New Happy's Replacement Is Called Barrio Cantina, Will Open Later This Week

Michael Schlow, heading for the barrio.

Michael Schlow's rep confirms to us that he's replacing Happy's near Fenway Park with Barrio Cantina (no, not "Feliz" or "Tico Two"). The Mexican restaurant will open "later this week," per a rep. As we reported prior, expect 70 different kinds of tequilas, quesadillas, tacos, and a (naturally) happy vibe.

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Restaurant Gives $4 Discount for ‘Well-Behaved Kids’

Still doesn't cover the tax.

If you haven't been reading your restaurant receipts closely, start now. Receipt rants are all the rage these days, and whether you're offended or flattered, you'll certainly have a viral Reddit hit on your hands. A waiter at the Sogno Di Vino restaurant in Poulsbo, Washington, apparently gave a customer a $4 discount for having "well-behaved kids." Isn't that expected when you bring your children out to a nice Italian restaurant and wine bar? [Earlier, MSN]

This Is Why You Need Coffee Before Going Out for Coffee

People driving into restaurants seems to be a theme lately, and a Reading Starbucks is the latest victim in this unfortunate, dangerous trend. On Sunday morning, a man plowed his Volvo through the front entrance and into the milk-and-sugar station: "The car sailed through the plate glass window, across a seating area, and hit the counter, pushing it two feet into the area where employees take orders and prepare the coffee," the Globe reports. The driver was charged with operating to endanger; luckily, no one was hurt. Volvos are supposed to be the world's safest cars, right? [Globe, Earlier]

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