Winter is the perfect time to eat nothing but pasta — and Eminem hears you. The rapper and actor opened a pop-up pasta restaurant in Detroit to make all of your spaghetti dreams come true. And even better: It’s called Mom’s Spaghetti. Like, from the line “there’s vomit on his sweater already, mom’s spaghetti” from his song “Lose Yourself” in 8 Mile. HE FINALLY DID IT. So, just how long is Eminem’s Mom’s Spaghetti restaurant open? If you’re in the motor city you still have a little time to snag yourself some spaghetti and meatballs inspired by one of Eminem’s most popular songs. I grew up near Detroit, and while the city takes a lot of heat, Detroit hustles harder than any other place in the country. Case in point, Eminem.
And, now loyal motor city residents and visitors are being reward with a totally affordable menu of Eminem’s mom’s spaghetti (with or without meatballs) and spaghetti sandwiches for between $5 and $8 in honor of the Grammy-award winning rapper’s new album, “Revival.” In “Lose Yourself” Marshall Mathers III, better known as Eminem, sings: “His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy/ There’s vomit on his sweater already, mom’s spaghetti/ He’s nervous, but on the surface he looks calm and ready.”
The song is an anthem for anyone coming up in Detroit (or anywhere else), who’s struggling to rise above challenges and pursue their passion despite all of the odds stacked against them. After a turbulent start, Eminem has definitely done that. Now, he’s returning your love by feeding you pasta. Because everyone knows that the way to a person’s heart is through their stomach.
— Marshall Mathers (@Eminem) December 14, 2017
Mom’s Spaghetti is open at The Shelter, a club underneath Saint Andrew’s Hall in Detroit, Mich., located at 431 E. Congress St., Newsweek reported. Personally, I’ve seen many concerts at Saint Andrew’s Hall, and The Shelter is the perfect place for Eminem to dole out music, pasta, and love for his fans.
Fans and spaghetti lovers who came to the opening of Eminem’s pop-up Mom’s Spaghetti restaurant Friday, Dec. 15, were treated to a surprise appearance by Detroit’s favorite son. Eminem mingled with fans and posed for pictures with hungry diners.
Eminem devotees are also crediting the rapper with starting both the spaghetti trend, and the ugly sweater movement. Because, what’s uglier than a sweater full of spaghetti vomit?
Technically Eminem started the very first “Ugly Christmas Sweater Party” when he showed up to the club with vomit on his sweater already, mom’s spaghetti.
— The Cultured Ruffian (@CulturedRuffian) December 15, 2017
Someone please go to your ugly sweater party covered in mom’s spaghetti and tweet me a picture!
— chris (@crazy_magazine_) December 6, 2017
Other fans hoped to engage Eminem in a rap battle similar to the one he sings about in “Lose Yourself.” And a reward for any rap off worth its salt is, of course, mom’s spaghetti.
Someone please come with me to this mom’s spaghetti pop up at the shelter, I’m tryna meet eminem and then rap battle him
— Schmidt (@Dan_realschmidt) December 16, 2017
The Detroit Free Press reported that Mom’s Spaghetti served more than 100 pounds of pasta in its first three hours. And, fans don’t mind waiting in the cold for some of the famed mom’s spaghetti. Much like Madonna did for Detroit in the ’80s, Eminem gave kids from the early 2000s hope that they too could rise from the literal ashes of Detroit.
“To me, to even understand Eminem’s brain … cause this is his concept,” 18-year-old Elisa Rico, told the Free Press. “You got the sign up, you got people wearing his merchandise, mom’s spaghetti, he has this amazing video of where he grew up, all this is like in his head, his memories, so it’s like a cool concept, I would invite anyone who is an Eminem fan at all, even remotely, to come here.”
Mom's spaghetti can do anything, man
— mom's spaghetti (@momspaghettibot) December 14, 2017
If you decide to make a beeline for The Shelter before the Mom’s Spaghetti pop-up restaurant closes Dec. 17, in addition to pasta you’ll also be treated to a free listen of Eminem’s new album “Revival.”
“Get here early,” Eminem fan Arden Kassab of West Bloomfield, Mich. who also recommended getting the meatball upgrade, told the Free Press. “It’s very laid back, open. You get a chance to hear the whole album and decide if you want to buy it.” Seriously, music and mom’s spaghetti is the perfect cure for the winter blues. What more could you want on a snowy Sunday?