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Ayesha Curry Launches International Smoke Restaurant in San Francisco

After finding a home at the base of San Francisco’s Millennium Tower, Ayesha Curry’s much-anticipated International Smoke restaurant opened its doors on Nov. 13.

The eatery, which is part of a partnership deal with celebrity chef Michael Mina, is replacing his recently closed RN74 restaurant, which occupied the tower’s base for the past eight years.

International Smoke is expected to be a permanent iteration of the pop-up shop the two celebrities collaborated on this past summer, featuring family-style portions of grilled and smoked meats and southern fare. The menu promises to be influenced by Curry’s Chinese, Jamaican, African American and Polish roots.

Mina and Curry opened a brick-and-mortar location in Hawaii, which has three-and-a-half stars on Yelp. The price point hovers between $11 and $30, according to the site.

Curry, who is the wife of Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry, has made a name for herself in the culinary industry. She is the author of several cookbooks and often shares recipes and meal pictures with millions of followers on her social media accounts.

She was recently named the new spokesperson for CoverGirl cosmetics, following in the footsteps of Taylor Swift, Queen Latifah, and Ellen DeGeneres. And, next year, Curry is slated to host the “The Great American Baking Show,” an American spin-off of the hugely successful British cooking competition.

Talking about the power of food to bring people together, the mother-of-two told Tasting Table, “For me, recipes should create memories for everyone involved. The saying ‘It takes a village’ often applies. I try to remember to accept help and to do things together.”

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