Variety reports that Serving the Hamptons is becoming a show set to run on April 7, a spinoff of Selling the Hamptons on Discovery Plus. The five, hour-long episodes are focused on the restaurant staff of 75 Main, as they “hook up, argue and work together to make sure the clients come back for more, per the show’s official logline.” The setup: “…. uber-rich, 75 Main owner Zach Erdem provides his staff with a gorgeous beach house — provided they follow his rules and take care of his customers.” The storied restaurant had been cited for three incidents violating COVID guidelines, as a lunch stop for Joe Biden back in the day, and a spot where wanna-be guests try to bribe the staff for a table.
Variety’s story comes on the heels of their exclusive a few days ago about a new series called Omnivore at Apple that goes in a more esoteric direction, one that “explores how food binds and defines us, powers politics, shapes our beliefs, explains our past, and forecasts our future.” Cary Joji Fukunaga and Noma’s René Redzepi paired up to create the series, developed with Roads & Kingdoms co-founder, Matt Goulding.
EVGrieve reports that Taco Bell is opening next to one of our favorite taco destinations, Yellow Rose. Grub Street’s Adam Platt said this about the restaurant. “Neither [owners Dave and Krystiana Rizo] is a fan of the dreaded ‘Tex-Mex’ label, but with its bags of boutique stone-ground grits and yellow cornmeal for sale up front …. and pictures of Texas barbecues hung crookedly on the wall, the place has the look of a homesick Texan’s slightly elevated idea of what an old-fashioned border-country honky-tonk should be.” With hope, the new Taco Bell isn’t a cantina.
Thanks to Joshua Gee of Snack Cart for pointing us to Joel Stein’s piece, “How Miami Became the Most Important City in America,” in the Financial Times. Among interviews with restaurant owners, Major Food Group partner Jeff Zalaznick points to his relocating from New York to Miami following an extended vacation and announced: “We were going to take over Miami.” Major Food Group opened six restaurants in South Florida in 2021: Sadelle’s and The Flamingo Grill in the Boca Raton; Sadelle’s in Coconut Grove, ZZ’s Club in the Design District, as well as Carbone and Ha Salon, both in Miami Beach.
Speaking of an out-of-town restaurant in Miami: The group behind Cafe Habana is scrambling after it offended Miami’s Cuban American community with its announcement of the spring opening of its restaurant glorifying Fidel Castro and Che Guevara.