Several tipsters send word this morning that Mu Ramen, the hugely popular and newly reviewed ramen pop-up in Long Island City, has canceled all of its upcoming dinners. Those who had already made reservations for dinner received an email from owners Joshua and Heidy Smookler this morning that read: "We have decided to cancel all current and future private pop up events. We are very sorry for the inconvenience and we hope that you will visit us at our brick and mortar store when we open in July/August."
The Smooklers recently went from operating their pop-up in Bricktown Bagel to hosting six-seat dinners in their apartment four nights a week, "due to limited resources." For the past month, the husband and wife team has been working hard to open their brick-and-mortar restaurant at an undisclosed LIC location, and logically enough, it sounds like this is where their resources have been going.
It's a safe bet that Pete Wells's glowing review flooded Mu Ramen with more reservation requests than it could handle with its current set-up. Eater has reached out to Joshua Smookler for further comment. More details on the future of Mu as they become available.
UPDATE: Joshua confirms that he and his wife have decided to cancel all upcoming meals, simply because they were "overwhelmed" by the outpouring of interesting following the Times review. He wants to emphasize that the decision to cancel the dinners has nothing to do with any legal issues, and everything to do with the fact that he's received over 2,000 reservation requests in the past 24 hours. He's thrilled about the review, but wants to focus all his resources now on the restaurant, which he hopes will be open by mid-July.
· All Coverage of Mu Ramen [~ENY~]