Bring the poutine.Photo: Courtesy Big Smoke Burger
We must have been off doing pagan things, going on unicorn pony rides and all that, on May Day, because somehow we missed the news that the five-unit, Toronto-based burger chain Big Smoke Burger will open a Manhattan flagship by the end of this year, with an expansion to Chicago already in the works. A development company called Fransmart, which helped turn Five Guys Burgers & Fries from a regional brand into a big burger empire, has helped the franchise cross the border, and now the entrepreneur Anthony Fauci, who also brought Rome import Obikà to midtown, is said to be working on opening a combined 50 Big Smoke Burger locations between here and Chicago in the next few years.
Come for the burgers, stay for the POUTINE.
Michael Alan Connelly
Art hates when Chris gets all the attention.Photo: Isabella Vosmikova/Bravo
Are you ready to try your luck with another season of Top Chef Masters? Ready to gamble away your precious time on this “clash of the titans?” Willing to make a bet that this season will be better than its predecessors? Prepared to tolerate tons of challenges involving card games, casino references, and other Vegas-y things? Awesome, great news, good to hear it, because season four kicked off last night in Sin City and we’ll all be okay if we go through this together. So what's new this year? The location switch and a handful of new faces. It’s still a dozen established chefs casually competing for a grand prize of $100,000 for the charity of their choice (oh, and the title of Top Chef Master, of course). And if the premiere was any indication of what’s in store, season four might not be so bad and could even ... hit the jackpot! (Okay, got that out of my system. No more gratuitous gambling metaphors. Promise.)
"Honey Bear is here to stay!"