(Updated at 3:55 p.m.) The “Mayor of Flavortown” made a stop on the H Street corridor today.
Food Network star Guy Fieri arrived at Toki Underground (1234 H St. NE) about 8:30 a.m. to film an episode of “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.”
This morning, parking in front of the popular ramen restaurant owned by chef Erik Bruner-Yang was limited to police and the “Triple D” crew. About 7:45 a.m., the show’s iconic red Chevrolet Camaro convertible rumbled up to the eatery, driven by a man who wasn’t Fieri.
The Triple D host, wearing a hooded sweatshirt and shorts, arrived in another vehicle, entering Toki about 8:30 a.m. He reemerged in a plaid short-sleeve shirt and sunglasses to film near the convertible about 11 a.m. By 11:30 a.m., he was gone, whisked away in a black Cadillac Escalade.
Toki has stayed mum about the visit on social media, but tweeted it’s planning to open later today.
Neither Bruner-Yang nor a representative of the show would comment on Fieri’s visit to Toki.
After Toki, Fieri filmed at Bub and Pop’s (1815 M St. NW). Dozens of people gathered to watch the spiky-haired food fan enter the restaurant, reported Hill Now’s sibling publication, Borderstan.
— Guy Fieri (@GuyFieri) October 16, 2015
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Toki Underground chef Erik Bruner-Yang’s emporium of locally roasted coffee, Asian street food and $800 sneakers has arrived on the H Street corridor.
Maketto, which Bruner-Yang co-owns with menswear designer Will Sharp, opened its doors at 7 a.m. today. The Asian-inspired market at 1351 H St. NE features 5,000 square feet of retail, dining and bar space spanning two levels.
Bruner-Yang said Maketto, which was three years in the making, helps fill a need for H Street: daytime retail and dining.
“As a resident, I wake up in the mornings, and I’m like, ‘What do I do? Where do I go? Where does my family go?” he said. “For a good portion of this whole strip, what is there to do during the day?”
As diners wait to grab a table for Taiwanese fried chicken or Cambodian pork noodle salad, they can have a cocktail or locally roasted Vigilante Coffee at the bar, buy a Japanese toy from a vending machine or peruse a selection of shirts, shoes and other goods.
Prices vary, bringing a “little something for everyone” at Maketto, said Sharp, who owns clothing brand Durkl. Vans, Pumas and the market’s others shoes range from $50 to $800, for example.
Although the name Maketto has a Japanese ring to it, Bruner-Yang joked that it’s a “bullshit word.”
“Just like Toki,” he said.
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