"The final Arabesque will have a menu of Taylor's favorite items, with a variety of Moroccan, Lebanese, Syrian and Egyptian dishes," says Kate Hudson of Frause, which represents the restaurant.
As Cheney told Voracious in an interview this May, she was introduced to Arabic cooking by neighbors in Capitol Hill. "There were these apartments that were filled with Saudi Arabian guys," Cheney said. "They would always chit chat and they would invite people over all the time...They would say, 'Oh, you've got to learn how to make this dish. If you make this dish, I'll make you hooka.' It was like this trade."
Cheney's friends taught her how to make kabsa, an aromatic rice stew, and other dishes that proved useful when she had to make staff meals at Mistral. She acquired more recipes when she traveled in Egypt, a trip that impressed upon her the importance of hospitality in the Middle East.
"Giving is a huge thing and they don't want anything back from you," she told Voracious.
Although her plans aren't yet finalized, Cheney will continue cooking in Egypt, Hudson says.
While the pop-up concept will take a short hiatus following Cheney's departure, Hudson says the kitchen will "brainstorm something new" for Monday nights.