Found in art galleries, train stations, on the street, and dangling in mid-air, pop-up shops are the ultimate solution for the busy people. They've become more than just a fad, especially when it comes to food. Busy travelers, local foodies and workaholics with little time to spare between meetings seek out pop-up restaurants to enjoy fine dining on small budgets.
The best part about these pop-up restaurants? Not only is the food worthy of a game of hide-and-seek, they're a lot cheaper to set up and dine in than restaurants.
According to Departures magazine, opening a new restaurant in New York or the Bay Area can cost half a million dollars, while operating a pop-up usually runs just $2,000 to $5,000 a week. While we can't tell you what it costs local Boston pop-up shops and food trucks like favorites Eat, 3 Scoops, and Fillet of Soul, to operate, it's obvious by the lines formed that they're food is worth traveling around the city for.
Feel like taking a bite from pop-up restaurants in other cities? Depatures recently ranked their top pop-up restaurants from around the world:
Crux, Portland, ME: Crux, led by Chicago’s self-taught chef Brandon Baltzley, is a twice-weekly pop-up dinner publicized on Twitter and Facebook, but its location is revealed only to confirmed diners.
Brighton, Manhattan, NY: The Eventi hotel’s Brighton pop-up is the best place to find beach food, when you can't get to a beach. Fried clams, lobster rolls, burgers and spiked milkshakes are favorites from the menu.
FoodLab, San Francisco, CA: Part of a larger pop-up complex in the historic Renoir Hotel that includes a separate pop-up bar, denim shop, bookstore and coffee roastery, FoodLab is one of San Fran's favorite surprise foodie stops. The menu features rotating fare - and chefs - that offer everything from chicken-and-waffles to foie gras.
Fondue Tram, Zurich, Switzerland: When in Zurich... hop aboard the fondue tram! The seasonal restaurant ride runs from October to March along the city’s actual tram routes, offering cheesy fondue fare (what else would expect?)
Dinner in the Sky, Brussels, Belgium: Part amusement park ride, part restaurant, the Dinner in the Sky is an event as well as a feast. Diners are strapped into their seats and then crane-hoisted to their dinner table at 150 feet in the air, where they dangle above the city. The Dinner in the Sky pop-up restaurant has made its way to Paris, Las Vegas, Rio and Jerusalem.
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