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A Look Into Surreal Pop Art-Themed Cafe By Artist Joshua Vides

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Joshua Vides has made quite a name for himself in the past few years with his distinct and highly-sought after black and white pop art style. Successful collaborations with Fendi and Converse are a testament to how wanted his services and work are in the industry.

In his latest endeavor, Vides links up with serial entrepreneur and co-founder of Afters Ice Cream, Andy Nguyen, to create a one-of-a-kind coffee experience in Downtown Los Angeles. Dubbed Matte Black Coffee, the surreal café is an immersive dive into the stylings of Vides.

Upon stepping into Matte Black, customers are treated to a pop art trip, where reality gets blurred into the dreamlike space. Go ahead and snap a few pics while you sip on tasty drinks like a White Chocolate Lavender Cold Brew, snack on haute macarons and vibe out to the IG-friendly surroundings.

Grand opening is in late August, so follow @matteblackcoffee for further deets!

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Rap Legend Bun B Set To Launch Houston Smashburger Concept

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Trill Burgers, a new smashburger concept from rapper Bun B, Andy Nguyen of Afters Ice Cream fame, and siblings Patsy and Benson Vivares of Sticky’s Chicken, is launching in Houston, Texas.

The burger joint will feature a simple menu of thin, crispy-edged smashburgers, a concept that has been a hit trend in California for the past couple of years, but has yet to hit the mainstream in Houston.

This is the first restaurant venture for Bun B, the Houston native who made a name for himself in music as one-half of the legendary rap duo, UGK. The venture pairs him with Nguyen, who has developed successful restaurant concepts in California like Afters Ice Cream.

“For years I’ve been fascinated with the culinary scene, trying to find the best entry point for me,” Bun B said on Instagram. “Today I can say I’ve found it. Join me in welcoming @trillburgers to the world! Follow us for more info on our next pop ups and watch as we take you on the burger ride of your life! Brick and mortar coming soon! @andythenguyen @bensonjohn @simplypatsy @nickscurfield let’s go!”

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Nguyen is also a partner in The Vivares’ Sticky’s Chicken, a popular Houston food truck that opened a brick-and-mortar location in 2019. Bun B is a longtime supporter of Sticky’s, whose fans also include NFL star DeAndre Hopkins, NBA champion PJ Tucker and model/actress Karreuche Tran. The Vivares siblings will lead culinary operations for Trill Burgers.

“Coming out of the pandemic, we were brainstorming ghost kitchen and pop-up ideas with Andy, and he kept coming back to the concept of smashed burgers,” Patsy Vivares said. “Through our publicist and friend Nick Scurfield, we set up a meeting with Bun, and we all decided to partner together on this venture. I can’t believe it’s really happening!”

Trill Burgers will launch with pop-ups at Sticky’s Chicken and will be coming to Houston soon as a brick and mortar restaurant.

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Are Viral Foods Like The Sushi Donut Killing The Restaurant Industry? [The Katchup Podcast]

Are sushi donuts killing the restaurant industry?

That’s the major topic of the first episode of our BRAND-NEW podcast, “The Katchup. The discussion launches a weekly podcast discussion on the top trends in food. Given the viral success of the Sushi Donut, which generated over 80 million video views between ourselves and other food news outlets in the past week, it had to be the key discussion for this week.

This week, Foodbeast’s Editor-In-Chief, Elie Ayrouth, brought in Andy Nguyen, the owner of viral restaurant successes like Project Poké’s Sushi Donut and Afters Ice Cream’s Milky Buns, and Jason Quinn, owner of the Playground Restaurant in downtown Santa Ana, to discuss how social media virality is affecting customer eating habits at restaurants.

Since the Sushi Donut’s massive success was borne from Nguyen’s poké shop, the group also discusses the future of poké and of the restaurant industry. 

The podcast gets extremely real when Elie brought up e-mails he received regarding Foodbeast’s coverage of these items:

“I have quotes on two chefs, at least two chefs in my inbox, that have said: ‘Fuck you Elie, stop promoting sushi donuts, and stop promoting shit with Flamin’ Hot Cheetos on it.’ “

Definitely give the podcast a listen, as it provides in-depth commentary as to how items like the Sushi Donut are affecting the future of restaurants and their menu offerings.