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Normally closed on Monday nights, Villains Wicked Heroes now features a pop-up restaurant of the month. For February, executive chef Jared Lee will be working with guest chef and Puerto Rican native Carlos Collazo to host PR 184. Inspired by the Puerto Rican “pork highway,” PR 184 focuses on cuisine from “lechoneras,” or South American restaurant shacks centered around roasted pig. PR 184 will run until March 3. Look for a paleo-concept starting March 10.
Last July, HD1’s executive chef Jarred Lee Pyles announced he was leaving the haute doggery to open a sandwich shop with FLIP’s Jason McClure and Grindhouse Burgers’ Alex Broustein. In September, the boys held a pop-up at Miso Isakaya, showcasing their “wickedly good” sandwiches, which they had initially planned to sell from the Old Fourth Ward. Fast forward a few months, and the chefs have instead secured the Little Azio space in Midtown, with Villains set to open there in February 2013. We checked in with McClure to get details.
Back in July, we talked with Jared Lee Pyles about his decision to leave HD1, the Richard Blais 'haute doggery,' to start a new sandwich shop, Villains, with Jarred McLure and Alex Broustein of Grindhouse Killer Burgers. There had been some speculation at the time about the location of the sandwich shop, which was rumored to be opening in the Old Fourth Ward. Unfortunately, negotiations are still ongoing at two different locations, one in Old Fourth Ward and one in Midtown. They hope to have settled on a location soon.
Jared Lee Pyles has left his position as executive chef at HD1 to open a sandwich shop in the Old Fourth Ward. The restaurant, slated to be open later this year, is a collaboration with Alex Brounstein of Grindhouse Burgers and Jason McClure of FLIP Buckhead.
Richard Blais has become as much a brand as he is a chef. And no one can fault him for taking full advantage of the opportunities he's cultivated after his celebrity-making turn on season four of Bravo's Top Chef in 2009 and his winning performance on Top Chef: All Stars earlier this year. The fun, sometimes lovable, sometimes laughable burger mutants he oversees at two local Flip Burger Boutiques still stand out from the colonies of burger joints that have swarmed the city—thanks mostly to his esteemed name.