Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Backlash Against Pop-Up Concepts Already?!


Just as the pop-up restaurant scene is taking off in Chicago (a slew of them are set to open this spring/summer), NY Eater reports that there is already backlash again the concept in New York, where it's been going on for a couple of years:

"The community board in Soho—the neighborhood where Michelin-starred chef John Fraser's nine-month pop-up restaurant, What Happens When, is located—is gearing up for a fight to prevent the restaurant from renewing its liquor license.

'Their argument? That the restaurant doesn't have 'ties to the community' and that it sets a 'dangerous precedent' as a 'new backdoor means' to get a liquor license 'without going through the proper and legal procedures.'"

We'll be watching this one closely to see if the same sentiments trickle down to Chicago . . .

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