Pop-up restaurants, while still a novelty around these parts, have become a necessary device elsewhere, where talented chefs outnumber brick-and-mortar restaurants. Just because you don't have a professional kitchen, the notion goes, doesn't mean you can't host a happy bash.
That will be the case June 22 through 25, when two kitchen-less chefs set up temporary operations in Cleveland. The location will be 204 Euclid — also known as the future home of Noodlecat, Jonathon Sawyer's Japanese noodle bar.
The first two nights will be under the direction of Chris Hodgson, founding chef of Dim and Den Sum (and recent contestant on the Food Network's "Great Food Truck Race"). Hodgson will be preparing a $40 four-course prix-fixe meal that will boast a nod to the soon-to-open Noodlecat.
"I'm sticking with the Asian theme," says Hodgson, fresh off his cross-country travels. "Diners can expect a fun, playful menu that falls somewhere between street food and restaurant food."
Menu items will include a steam bun filled with smoked pork jowl, quail egg and tomato; ribeye tacos with pickled daikon; and Peking quail with somen noodles and miso broth.
There will be three seatings per night.
The second two nights will be under the direction of Lee Anne Wong, perhaps best known for her participation on Bravo's "Top Chef." Unlike Hodgson's prix-fixe menu, Wong will be offering a traditional a la carte experience, where guests order from a tight menu of starters, greens and Asian bowls.
Seating on these two nights is by reservation.
Sawyer says he hopes to host these events — dubbed Brick & Mortar Pop-Ups — at least quarterly.
For more info visit Brick & Mortar Pop-Ups.