Chef Richard Helmet is a James Beard Award-winning, Michelin-starred, almost Me-Too’d master of cuisine and he has finally opened his latest dining hot spot. GammaToast, a collaboration between Chef Helmet and the Kapow Restaurant Group, will open in what was formerly the space for Mildred’s. Many will remember Mildred’s for their comfort food menu items such as baked potato soup, fried chicken, and Sunday Stew–a classic dish that has garnered national praise. When Mildred’s closed, so too did a portion of the city’s history. However, Chef Helmet has stated he intends to resurrect the spirit of Mildred’s by serving some of the exact same dishes as the cherished restaurant, including Sunday Stew.
Mildred’s died a slow, torturous death thanks to rising rents, not to mention a blatant disregard for the businesses that built the community over several decades. There were many rallies to save Mildred’s, but in the end, it could not keep up with modern times.
The chef has stated that it is important to remember the businesses that couldn’t keep up with a lopsided economy that favors innovative greed rather than time-honored traditions that lent authenticity to neighborhoods.
Many will see Chef Helmet’s menu additions as a slap in the face, but he prefers to call it “an homage”. Through a spokesperson, the chef has stated that it is important to remember the businesses that couldn’t keep up with a lopsided economy that favors innovative greed rather than time-honored traditions that lent authenticity to neighborhoods.
We contacted the owners of Mildred’s, who are the great-grandchildren of the original owners, and they would not respond to rumors of another location for the famed restaurant. The rumors are that Mildred’s will have its own stall at the airport, where travelers will have the opportunity to dine on scaled back and disappointing versions of their classic dishes.
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