A few lucky fans got a special taste of Mom's Spaghetti — hand-served by Eminem himself.
The rapper spent several minutes on Wednesday manning the alley window of the new Detroit-based eatery, treating the first 10 fans in a blocks-long line to takeout boxes of spaghetti and selfie snaps as he inaugurated the new restaurant inspired by one of his hit lyrics.
Eminem and his entourage soon zoomed away in a pair of SUVs, chased Beatlemania-style down the street by packs of fans.
It was a rare public appearance by the generally reclusive star, part of a festive set of activities that included the local Cass Technical High School marching band playing Eminem's "Lose Yourself."
Eminem declined to answer a reporter's shouted questions as he held fort at the window.
Fans lined several blocks ahead of the restaurant's official 5 p.m. opening. Many had camped out since early morning.
Mom's Spaghetti's concept is centered around the Detroit rapper's lyrics from "Lose Yourself," in which he sings ""His palms are sweaty/ knees weak, arms are heavy/There's vomit on his sweater already/mom's spaghetti."
The restaurant menu is simple with just three items. There's a plate of Mom's Spaghetti for $9 or $12 if you add meatballs. The Sghetti Sandwich is $11. Beverages are $4 and include Pepsi and water.
A Mom's Spaghetti first launched as a pasta pop-up in 2017 at The Shelter in Detroit. It was part of Eminem's release of "Revival."
The new permanent brick-and-mortar location is a partnership with Union Joints Restaurant Group, co-owned by Curt Catallo,his wife, Ann Stevenson, and managing partner Erich Lines. The restaurant will be a "walk-up window" and The Trailer is the upstairs retail store within Union Assembly. Union Joints also worked on the previous Mom's Spaghetti project, according to the news release.
“We’ve had a lot of fun putting this project together with the folks at Union Joints, and the response from fans has been overwhelmingly positive,” Paul Rosenberg, Eminem's manager said in a statement.
“The previous pop-ups were really a test for us to determine whether there was enthusiasm for a regularly-occurring Mom’s Spaghetti spot that would be open all year long."
During the pandemic, Shady Records, Eminem's record label, contracted with Union Joints to deliver Mom's Spaghetti to frontline workers and those administering vaccinations at the TCF Center in Detroit.
"The opportunity to build a permanent location based on an incredibly meta-reference was one that everyone at Union Joints, as a Metro Detroit restaurant group, took very seriously," Catallo said. " We’re proud of the fact that we created a scratch sauce that tastes like it’s straight from the jar, and wok-firing the noodles gives it that leftover pasta snap."
TV teasers were swirling last week suggesting a permanent Mom's Spaghetti was opening in Detroit.
The Trailer, the retail space above Mom's Spaghetti, is a nod to B. Rabbit's trailer from 8 Mile. There will be Mom's Spaghetti merch for sale, along with items from Eminem's retail collection, including limited editions and memorabilia from Eminem's archives.
Ann Stevenson, co-owner of Union Joints and Curt Catallo's wife, designed the space.
Curt Catello described The Trailer as "something that belongs in Detroit, and it feels right at home in this space.”
Stevenson oversees the designs of all Union Joints restaurants. The Trailer is described as a small space and will be limited to eight customers or "Stans" at a time.
For more information on Mom’s Spaghetti, go to momsspaghetti.com.
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