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Hotel Modern Opens Upscale Pop-Up, "Why Not?"

The Hotel Modern (Lee Circle, 936 St. Charles) is combining two of the city’s favorite food trends, pop-up restaurants and buying local. Chef Mike Nirenberg and Creative Director James Stuart began service at their seasonal pop-up yesterday, with dinner and lunch service in the former Tamarind Restaurant space.


Diners will not tire of the menu, which will shift every two weeks. Local food vendors like Cleaver and Co. as well as Hollygrove Farms will provide the grub, providing the freshest, seasonal ingredients for the unique fare. Creative Director James Stuart said the concept gives the team a lot of flexibility to be creative.


“It seemed like a fun challenge to whip up a totally different concept in a very short space of time. The name ‘Why Not?’ really captures it. It’s an off the cuff idea that that starts with, ‘we could do this and that,’ and ends up with, ‘Why Not?’”


Cleaver and Co. collaborated with Nirenberg and Stuart for this week’s menu, “The Whole Hog.” As the name implies, hungry patrons can order small and large plates made from a single swine, and nightly specials will also be on the menu. Chef Nirenberg said the theme will expose diners to pork’s potential as a quality meat.


“The Whole Hog is a pork-centric theme that will showcase all the great cuts of the animal, and will run for a couple of weeks,” said Nirenberg.



 Reservations are not required, so pop in this weekend on Friday or Saturday, 11am-Midnight.

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