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Acclaimed Chef Jeremy Fox Launches a Non-Pop-Up Pop-Up, Will Include Vegetarian Menu

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Earlier this month, there was a big ol' buzzkill for those anticipating the opening of Barnyard in Venice. But fret no more: Acclaimed chef Jeremy Fox and his team may have walked out, but they just announced the launch of a new a couple of new projects: a non-pop-up pop-up that sort of sounds like the Test Kitchen, inside which Fox will host a series of dinners called Old Soul. Located at the breakfast and lunch spot Square One in Hollywood, this is not a pop-up will serve as an incubator for chefs who are in between stints in kitchens or are looking for some creative inspiration outside of their regular gigs.

Fox's stint at the not-a-pop-up pop-up will begin on December 6 and will host dinners from December 6-9 and December 13-16. There will also be dinners with dates still TBD in the New Year. And good news for vegetarians who didn't get a chance to try his meat-free food that earned him two Michelin stars at Ubuntu: Fox will be doing a full tasting for vegetarians. The four course menus will be a steal at $50.

The announcement of the project comes after much fanfare after Fox and his team split from the investors at Barnyard in Venice. Fox had been planning on manning the kitchen at Barnyard since May, and had been testing and developing the menu ever since.

During that time, he pushed out popular meals at Test Kitchen and other summer food festivals, showing off the chops that earned him the first Michelin star to ever be awarded to a vegetarian chef at Northern California's Ubuntu restaurant. The build up to the opening seemed to take forever; originally it was thought that Barnyard would open in early July, but the project saw delay after delay. Barnyard has yet to find another chef to fill Fox's shoes or to announce an opening date.

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Other members of the management left during the fall out as well, including Helen Springut (of LA Gastronauts and formerly of Thrillist) and Helen Brown (who most recently worked with Daniel Patterson, chef/owner of the critically acclaimed Michelin two-star restaurant Coi), who will be co-producing the "this is not a pop-up" project.

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