To celebrate today’s release of his ninth album, ‘Revival’, Eminem is hosting a pop-up shop this weekend in Detroit. Along with exclusive ‘Revival’ merchandise, Mom’s Spaghetti offers menu items inspired by Eminem’s starring role in ‘8 Mile’.
Located at The Shelter (a music venue below Saint Andrew’s Hall), Mom’s Spaghetti is open from 10 am to 5 pm today and tomorrow, and from noon to 5 pm on Sunday.
Last month marked the 15th anniversary of ‘8 Mile’, the acclaimed film featuring Eminem’s multi-platinum hit ‘Lose Yourself’. Winner of the 2003 Academy Award for Best Original Song, ‘Lose Yourself’ includes the iconic lyric that gave the pop-up shop its name (“His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy/There’s vomit on his sweater already, mom’s spaghetti”).
In launching Mom’s Spaghetti, Eminem’s manager Paul Rosenberg enlisted Michigan-based restaurant group Union Joints (The Clarkston Union, Union General, Union Woodshop, Woodshop Shop, Vinsetta Garage, Fenton Fire Hall, Pumphouse and Honcho). As Union Joints co-owner Curt Catallo explains, Mom’s Spaghetti’s signature dish aims to recreate the dinner made legendary by Stephanie Smith (Jimmy “B-Rabbit” Smith’s mother in ‘8 Mile’).
“It’s not the kind of pasta you’d expect if your grandma came from Italy on a boat…it’s more like the spaghetti you’d know if your mom came to Michigan on a bus,” says Catallo. “We wanted to take something you’d expect and just try and surprise you with the way we do it.”
Adds Union Joints chef Vince Baker: “It’s a totally scratch sauce, but you can practically taste the jar.”
Dusted with the classic canned parmesan powder and served with toasted garlic bread, Mom’s Spaghetti is available with or without Vinsetta Garage’s beef meatballs.
The Mom’s Spaghetti menu also features the S’ghetti Sandwich: an item that—unlike the pasta—comes straight from Eminem’s real-life upbringing. Assembled with house-made white bread, the sandwich is grilled up to order.
Released via Aftermath/Shady/Interscope Records, ‘Revival’ is available now through all digital retailers here.