Montreal 'Queer Eye' star Antoni Porowski to open fast-casual restaurant

Montreal 'Queer Eye' star Antoni Porowski to open fast-casual restaurant

NEW YORK — Montreal-born "Queer Eye" star Antoni Porowski plans to open a restaurant in New York.

The food and wine expert revealed the news earlier this week in New York at a panel discussion with his co-stars to promote season 2 of their series, now on Netflix.

Porowski spoke about his upcoming cookbook and the moderator asked if he had any other news to share.

He said with a big smile that he's not supposed to talk about it. But he revealed he's "developing a fast-casual food concept restaurant" in New York, where he lives.

Typically, a fast-casual restaurant doesn't offer full table service but has higher quality dishes than fast-food establishments.

The self-taught cook has been criticized by some for the simple dishes he taught makeover subjects in season 1, which included guacamole made with yogurt.

In talking about his cookbook, which will have 100 recipes, Porowski noted with a laugh: "Oh my God, not one of them has avocados in them."

Porowski also detailed his experiences in the restaurant industry, noting he has worked just about every job, from busboy to waiter and sommelier.

"I'm all about cheese and pork belly and the decadence of food," he said.

"But also as a result of the increased vanity of being on camera all the time and working out and eating healthy, I'm developing a fast-casual food concept restaurant that I'm going to be opening up here in New York."

The Canadian Press