Slated to open in the Financial District next spring, Restaurant Shelter is designed to give curious diners an authentic taste of Urban Destitutional Dining in a sleek, earth-toned post-modern setting.
The latest example of a trending genre of Reality Themed restaurants Shelter‘s goal is to “Fully immerse diners in the authentic urgency and passion of the homelessness experience!”.
“Studies show that the stress of poverty often helps to build an appetite” said chef-owner Chef Harlan Krupotke. “At Shelter you can actually feel hungry the way that really hungry people do…but without all the associated stress and poverty!”
At Shelter, Chef Krupotke and his long-time associate menu-architect Kimberly Kay Winneford, have combined their respective talents to create a one of a kind urban-dining experience.
Prior to opening, Winneford and Fiske spent two full weeks researching the menu by visiting to disadvantaged neighborhoods in popular seaside cities throughout the world. The result was a two-tiered tasting menu that artfully combines gritty Gourmet Survival Fare with classic American Institutional delights.
“All our appetizers,” explains Winneford, “will feature the eclectic flavor-profiles that you might find while digging through a public waste receptacle. Our main dishes will showcase the classic convenience of emergency public assistance. At Shelter our goal is to serve richly-prepared poor-people’s food, not simply rich food prepared poorly!”
Chef Krupotke, who also runs St.Helena’s popular Le Clochard, is no stranger to poverty-themed dining. His passion for cooking was sparked at a young age when his nanny Consuela allowed him to help her bring food to the table.
“It was transformational.” recalls Krupotke. “It was the first time that I realized there was actual work involved in cooking. From that point on I was hooked!. I promised myself that someday I would own a restaurant where in spite of a sub-living wage folks would work for me with the same feverish intensity as the undocumented laborers who raised me.”