Eminem spaghetti store opens in his hometown of Detroit: NPR

Eminem serves customers at the opening night of his Mom’s Spaghetti restaurant in Detroit on Wednesday.

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Eminem serves customers at the opening night of his Mom’s Spaghetti restaurant in Detroit on Wednesday.

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Rapper Eminem’s pivotal song “Lose Yourself” from the 2002 film 8 miles, has probably inspired many listeners and artists with his Urgent and motivational letters.

And now it is also inspired a pasta restaurant, thanks to this memorable line:

“His palms are sweaty, his knees are weak, his arms are heavy / There is already vomit on his sweater, mom’s spaghetti …”

A new restaurant called “Mom’s Spaghetti” opened Wednesday in the artist’s hometown of Detroit.

The restaurant concept is actually the result of a partnership between the Eminem team and a local restaurant group, and began as a pop-up store in 2017.

“Mom’s Spaghetti” has appeared at several Eminem live festivals since then and delivered food to frontline hospital workers and COVID-19 vaccinators in Detroit during the pandemic. according to a press release.

Paul Rosenberg, Eminem’s manager, said in a statement that fan response has been “overwhelmingly positive,” calling the above pop-ups “really a test so that we can determine if there was enthusiasm for a Mom’s Spaghetti spot that occurs regularly. . be open all year round “.

The physical space consists of a restaurant window without an elevator and a store of articles and objects of interest on the upper floor called “The Trailer” (in another nod to 8 miles). It is small and “limited to eight Stans” at a time, the statement said.

The restaurants the menu is simple, which offers spaghetti (plain, with meatballs or vegan “rabbit balls”) and ‘sghetti sandwiches, all for under $ 15.

“We pride ourselves on the fact that we created a scratching sauce that tastes like straight out of the jar, and cooking the noodles in a wok gives you that leftover pasta snap,” said Curt Catallo, co-owner of Union Joints Restaurant Group. “The direct access window and the small dining area for people to eat add to the feeling that this is a DIY home experience.”

A local commercial helped spread the word ahead of the restaurant’s grand opening Wednesday night. the Detroit Free Press reports that many fans camped out all day for a spot in line, which then spread across blocks.

And some lucky fans got more than just a box of spaghetti to go. Eminem made a surprise appearance, serving the top 10 fans online both food and selfies. The usually lonely rapper and his entourage piled into a pair of SUVs and sped away. Detroit Free Press he observed, “persecuted in the Beatlemania style by Woodward by groups of fanatics.”

This story originally published on the Morning edition live blog.

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