She’s gone from a blog to a YouTube channel to a book to a pop-up restaurant to a TV show (Ayesha’s Homemade on Food Network), and now, her own major restaurant. She announced the news on Instagram:
Curry did a pop-up restaurant called International Smoke with chef Michael Mina in 2016. It was such a hit that she and Mina are opening up a permanent restaurant of the same name in San Francisco. The spot will open in the city’s Millennium Tower this fall.
According to an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, fare that people can expect at International Smoke include her popular St. Louis pork ribs, a Singapore-style black pepper barbecue lobster, the slow-cooked char sui pork shoulder, braised mustard greens, a spicy merguez sausage with a purple potato salad and onion rings.
As for what her role will be in her first big restaurant venture, Curry will operate behind the scenes and even be a member of kitchen staff. She’s hopeful that this opportunity will not only be a success, but help her to up her culinary skills and business experience.
“One thing I’m not worried about is the aesthetic or the deliciousness of the food,” Curry said. “I just want to … take my game to the next level.”
Other great opportunities Curry has to look forward to this year include a children’s tableware collection in May called Cheeky and her own cookware collection in the fall. Kudos to her for nurturing what started out as a hobby as a housewife and making it into a number of successful business ventures.