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Hello Em, Chef Matt Broussard, and Dick’s Collaborate on Little Saigon Charity Pop-up

Plus, Milk Bar will appear in Edmonds soon, and a Chehalis restaurant that violated COVID rules closes

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A paper cup that says “Hello Em” in gold lettering on a cafe counter
Hello Em and Pho Bac will join forces with Dick’s Drive-in on a pop-up August 10.
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Hello Em, Chef Matt Broussard, and Dick’s Collaborate on Little Saigon Charity Pop-up

On Tuesday, August 10, local fast food icon Dick’s Drive-in will be popping up at Vietnamese cafe Hello Em in Little Saigon for a charity event with the Pho Bac family. They’ll be joined by acclaimed chef Matt Broussard of Tik-Tok fame, serving up items such as “Viet poutine” from Broussard, alongside pate gravy made by Yenvy Pham of Hello Em and Pho Bac. Tickets are $75 (which includes fries and gravy for two, plus some 80s-retro Dick’s swag), with proceeds going to Friends of Little Saigon, a community-based organization that aims to enhance the neighborhood’s cultural and economic vitality. Hello Em is located inside the Friends of Little Saigon Creative space, and Pham has been involved with the organization for years. Meanwhile, Dick’s has been more mobile of late, having launched a small fleet of food trucks in 2020.

Famed New York Bakery Milk Bar Plans to Appear in Edmonds Soon

Speaking of Dick’s Drive-in collaborations, New York’s much-hyped Milk Bar from baker Cristina Tosi will be landing at the Edmonds location of the fast food chain on August 14-15. The event is part of the dessert franchise’s “National Birthday Do Over Month,” and will celebrate the 10th bday of the Dick’s outpost up north. Along with some of the bakeshop’s well-known treats (such as cereal milk soft serve and cake truffles), there will be some giveaways and live music. This marks the second visit for Milk Bar in Seattle in recent years, following an appearance at Canlis in 2018. There is also a delivery-only option in the Seattle area, with some items from Milk Bar — including full cakes and pies — available via Postmates, UberEats, DoorDash, and Grubhub. The sweet shop has started such offerings here and in other cities across the U.S. as a way to test out possible expansion.

Chehalis Restaurant That Repeatedly Violated COVID Rules Closes

It looks like Spiffy’s Restaurant and Bakery — the longtime diner off I-5 in Chehalis, Washington, that repeatedly violated indoor dining restrictions over the past year — has closed permanently after 50 years. Spiffy’s racked up tens of thousands of dollars in state fines for staying open for indoor dining during various lockdowns, but it appears that the reason for the closure was more related to difficulties in getting food deliveries and finding workers, per reports. Conservative media outlets in Washington had hailed the 81-year-old owner of Spiffy’s as some sort of defiant hero, while Gov. Jay Inslee mentioned the restaurant and other rare holdouts during various phases of the COVID reopening plan as cautionary tales that were putting people’s lives at risk, while noting that the vast majority of dining establishments followed the rules.