Ayesha Curry’s global barbecue restaurant International Smoke has signaled an opening date: November 13. The venture from the celebrity chef is bound for the former RN74 space at 301 Mission Street in the base of the Millennium Tower. RN74 cleared out earlier this month, and the space, with 20 bar seats and 80 in the dining room, has been given a refresh.
International Smoke began life as a pop-up at Michael Mina’s incubator, the Mina Test Kitchen. Sensing the appeal of the project, the restaurateur elected to replace RN74, a one-time groundbreaking vehicle for his then sommelier Rajat Parr, with a permanent home for Curry’s cooking. Elsewhere, Mina has already included an outpost of International Smoke in his Honolulu food hall.
Per the name, Curry’s concept is American regional and international forms of barbecue and cooking that employs smoke. Diners can expect St. Louis-style ribs, char siu pork, and pastrami, to name just a few examples. And like the restaurant’s influences, the recipes reportedly come from all over, or all over the Mina empire at least. An Indian fish-fry recipe is from Raj Dixit, executive chef at Michael Mina, and Pabu chef Ken Tominaga passed on techniques for cooking over binchotan charcoal.
News of Curry’s restaurant is earthshaking, but don’t worry too much: An engineering firm says the Millennium Tower is quake-safe, even if it is leaning and sinking a little bit.
After Curry is finished taking over the RN74 space, she’ll move on to the rest of the world. Curry has been selected as the face of Cover Girl and signed on to host The Great American Baking Show on ABC. Her husband, Steph, has also appeared on television.