A number of big-name chefs have launched fast-casual empires over the past couple years, and the trend isn't expected to let up anytime soon. Next on the list: Einat Admony, the Israeli-born New York City-based chef and owner of Bar Bolonat, Balaboosta, and Taïm.
The latter, a fast-casual falafel spot that currently has two locations in New York City in addition to a food truck, is poised for global expansion, as Admony tells Grub Street in a new interview. She says she's in talks with a group to expand the concept to a number of cities: First up would be Los Angeles, followed by Chicago, and she notes she'd also love to be in Japan and Australia. Reached for comment, Admony's publicist says the chef is traveling and there are no further details to share at this time.
Taïm serves falafel in three flavors (traditional, spicy harissa, and roasted red pepper) along with hummus and baba ganoush, various mezze, salads, and smoothies.
Israeli food is decidedly having a moment right now: Just ask Philly chef Mike Solomonov, who recently expanded his fast-casual hummus spot, Dizengoff, to Manhattan, or chef Alon Shaya, whose New Orleans restaurant Shaya recently nabbed a James Beard award.
UPDATE 7/20 12:42 p.m.: This post has been updated to remove a reference to Admony being in talks with Danny Meyer's restaurant group; according to the chef's PR rep, she was misquoted.
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