Superstar chef Marcus Samuelsson, who helped revitalize Harlem with the opening of Purple Rooster in 2010, is now betting on the renaissance that’s occurring in Newark.
In mid-November, Samuelsson will launch a brand new restaurant in downtown Newark, NJ referred to as Marcus B & P. The B stands for bar and the P stands for provisions, says Samuelsson, who reveals unique particulars about his newest undertaking in an interview with Aspect Dish.
“We’re addressing Newark’s present want and getting ready for what’s coming,” he stated.
The farm-to-desk menu shall be impressed by Newark’s wealthy historical past — from African-American southern cooking to Italian fare and the Portuguese delicacies discovered within the metropolis’s distinctive Ironbound district.
“We’ll mirror the tradition and historical past right here, that’s just like Harlem, and we have now an opportunity to be extra ‘farm to desk’ right here than we might be in Manhattan,” Samuelsson says. “We’re quarter-hour away from the supply of our unimaginable hazelnuts and honey, for instance.”
The restaurant can also be made out of recycled items, from the wooden to the tiles, Samuelsson stated.
The three,000-sq.-foot area will open on the bottom flooring of a residential apartment at fifty six Halsey St., the location of the previous Hahne & Co. manufacturing unit. It’ll function sixty five seats inside, 30 seats in an atrium, 25 seats within the outside summer time patio — and a balcony degree for personal occasions.
The area may even function a bar with killer craft cocktails.
The menu will function a pizza oven and hand-crafted pastas. Clients may also have the ability to buy merchandise, from recent pastas to cornbread mixes, to take residence as nicely.
“I’m impressed by the Atlantic historical past and numerous tradition of Newark. It’s a port city, and I come from a port city as nicely,” Samuelsson stated.
Born in Ethiopia however raised by his adoptive mother and father in Sweden, Samuelsson made his identify at Aquavit, a Scandinavian restaurant in New York, in 1995. He was the primary visitor chef to organize a state dinner for President Obama.
Samuelsson’s empire has since expanded to incorporate Purple Rooster Shoreditch and Taqueria Tienda in London, together with the model Streetbird Rotisserie and Norda Bar & Grill in Goteborg, Sweden.