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The Restaurant of the Future is Here!

The hottest news in the restaurant biz right now may be the invention of the “pop up” restaurant.   How does it work?  Install a tiny (1,500 square feet) eatery on top of your very important building, for a very short time.  It’s happening right now in Brussels, where The Cube will be serving fine cuisine, along with tasty special events, atop the Arc De Triomphe of Belgium’s beloved Parc de Cinquantenaire through July only.  Chef’s duties will be divided among 2 top, Michelin-starred chefs for the duration of The Cube’s stay, before it then moves on to other amazing European locales.  The restaurant’s interior is “futuristic” in a retro-Star Trek style, and we love the look.  But only 18 diners may be seated at a time, so book now!  More information, including reservations, may be found at The Cube by Electrolux website.

Yet Another Reason to Visit LACMA

We recently covered the addition of the Resnick Pavilion to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.  We now welcome a great new place to nosh, located conveniently adjacent to this vast new gallery space — Ray’s and Stark Bar.  Designed by one of the world’s starchitects, Renzo Piano (also designer of the Pavilion), and sited in the courtyard space highlighted by Chris Burden’s monumental Urban Light installation, the latest LA hot spot is named in honor of late film producer Ray Stark (Funny Girl, Funny Lady, Biloxi Blues, plus many, many more).

The restaurant half, Ray’s, has Executive Chef Kris Morningstar — recently of District and Mercantile — serving up deliciously bold Mediterranean fare, with emphasis on local and seasonal ingredients.  On the other side is Stark Bar, a separate lounge/bar presided over by superb mixologist Michel Dozois.

These two halves definitely add up to one terrific whole.  See you there!

The Editors

New Soumaya Museum in Mexico City unveiled

If you have recently wondered what a private museum would look like if one were to be built by the richest person in the world (as of this writing), the answer is in.  The official ribbon-cutting took place this week for Carlos Slim’s second Soumaya Museum in Mexico City, and it supplants his smaller museum (also named Soumaya, in honor of his late wife) located south of the city.  Quick facts: its 66,000 pieces are divvied among 6 exhibition halls; overall cost was around $70 million; the museum was designed by Slim’s son-in-law, Mexican architect (and heretofore unknown) Fernando Romero.  In addition to all the art — post-revolutionary Mexican artists are represented, of course, but very heavy emphasis here on European masters, especially Rodin — plus a special hall devoted to Slim’s massive collection of coins, bills, silver and gold.

Although the museum has had its official unveiling, the public won’t be admitted until March 29; admission will be free.  Reviews so far are mixed, but the idea of a large repository of great art in this great city is receiving accolades.

As of this writing, the only website we can find is one connected to the first Soumaya Museum.  We’ll post a website address here as soon as it is available.

–The Editors

Holland’s TEFAF Upon Us

Maastricht’s annual event, The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) is self-billed as “the world’s leading art and antiques fair,” and who are we to disagree? 260 top-notch dealers from 16 countries will converge at TEFAF from March 18th through the 27th. They’ll be joined by collectors, critics, and academics from all over the world.

For a pre-show tour, visit their amazingly thorough website here.

–The Editors