The Hotel Modern is moving fast to fill the space occupied by Dominique Macquet's Tamarind. Eater was under the assumption that Tamarind would be staying open, just without Macquet, but it sounds like the farm-to-table approach that the Hotel's creative director James Stuart talked about last month is reshaping the restaurant's approach altogether.
Stuart is now teaming up with master of small plates Chef Mike Nirenberg? an Oak, Delachaise, Patois alum? to bring Why Not, a six-week long holiday pop up, to the Hotel Modern starting for lunch and dinner today, November 14. The pop-up will also collaborate with local seasonal food hotties Cleaver and Co. and Hollygrove Market. The Cleaver and Co. collab features a menu (available for the next two weeks) called the The Whole Hog, with small and large plates made pretty much from, yes, a whole hog. Hollygrove will step in with an autumnal veg-fest after that, and there is talk of an all line-caught fish menu too.
Tamarind bar wizardess, Kimberly Patton Bragg, is also involved, making seasonal cocktails to pair with the menu. No word yet on what will happen after the holidays, but Eater hopes to unwrap that gift soon.
Nirenberg/ Why Not in at Tamarind [Photo: Amy Jett]