Friday is often thought of as the best day of the week, the day before a weekend of rest — unless you're a chef or restaurant employee, and then it's one of the busiest service days of the week, second only to Saturday. Take heart though, Sunday is almost here.
Here are five things to know this morning, including everything we know about chef David Chang's newest restaurant; how Roy Choi and Daniel Patterson's LocoL is going to offer premium coffee at a low price; the UK's newest — and most unlikely — superfood; why it's hard to tell how much people care about Chipotle's E. coli outbreak; and a big reveal from actress Cate Blanchett about celebrating Christmas down under. Bonus: Yelp is set to hit 100 million reviews any day now.
— Momofuku maestro David Chang just unveiled his newest restaurant in New York City. Called Nishi (which means "West"), it's a noodle bar located in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood and per Eater NY, it's Chang's first foray into the world of a tip-free, service included dining experience. The restaurant opens tonight.
— LocoL, the fast food brainchild of West coast chefs Roy Choi and Daniel Patterson, opens its first location later this month. When it does, Eater LA reports, it will serve fancy pants $1 coffee. How can LocoL afford to keep the price so low? The inventive chefs will be roasting those beans in-house.
— People in the UK are embracing a classic, traditional dish as a superfood. According to the AFP, black pudding — a type of blood sausage — is now seen as a health wonder, joining the ranks of kale, açai berries, and chia seeds. Not surprisingly, the meaty links contain high levels of protein, iron, calcium, and zinc. Vegetarians the world over are nonplussed. Scientists are calling the whole thing a hoax.
— Chipotle's stock price and reputation are both in the, uh, crapper at this point (in light of its E. coli outbreak), but when Broadly recently interviewed people dining at a once-busy (and now empty) Chipotle location in New York City, they found that Chipotle has a few apologists. These die hard fans of the burrito chain said it was an out-of-sight, out-of-mind thing: "You kind of forget about it, you know? People just look over [E. coli and norrovirus contamination] for the taste... I guess I won't find out until I get sick." Brave souls.
— The ever elegant Cate Blanchett stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night for a quick chat about the Golden Globes, and somehow got to talking about Christmas. Blanchett revealed to a flabbergasted Kimmel that her kids know to leave "the kitchen wine" or other booze out for Santa the night before (not cookies and milk), and that "Santa certainly lives on the South Pole" not the North Pole. Wait, what?