The Roots’ ?uestlove has written a heartfelt tribute to his Hybrid fried-chicken joint, which closed down this year.
The drummer opened up about the demise of the restaurant, which opened in New York’s Chelsea Market earlier this year, in a lengthy blog post on his Facebook page, in which he quoted Shakespeare and rapper Phife Dawg. Read the post in full here.
“Most of you know that I stay on my culinary grind and a few months back I opened up my hybird stand in chelsea market w/ restaurateur steven starr,” the post begins. “Long story short, we closed hybird (but you sorta know that… don’t you?).”
He later continues: “I love music, I love art, I love literature, theatre, tv, film and smart, big-hearted women (tmi). over the last few years I’ve fallen in love with ideas about food (my new old gal)…I too dreamed of sushi or techno emotional cuisine in the same vein as dreaming of new breakbeats or organizing harmony. So I dabble and ate and studied and ate and dreamed and ate becoming friends with some of the greatest chefs on the entire planet…”
He then goes on to say that with regret, “it’s time to stand down” and that he has “the lofty idealized hybrid”. However, he then adds that he expects to “be expecting follow-ups” before leaving a string of questions such as “hybird may have become a chicken without a head, but could it have been a lame duck?” and “seasoned ending or cliffhanger?”.
“Stay tuned for part the deux, deux,” he concludes.
The Roots released their last studio album ‘Undun’ in 2011. ?uestlove is currently the in-house drummer on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.