Eminem Opens Permanent Site for Mom's Spaghetti in Detroit

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Eminem has found a permanent spot for his famous Mom's Spaghetti in his Michigan hometown. The rapper opened the first brick-and-mortar location of the spaghetti house on Woodward Avenue in Detroit.

Mom's Spaghetti is based on the rapper's famous song from 2002, "Lose Yourself," where he briefly mentioned barfing on his mother's spaghetti. However, this restaurant won't be the first time the multiple Grammy winner has capitalized on the reference.

In 2016, Eminem, Marshall Bruce Mathers III in real life, sold a limited edition of Mom's Spaghetti shirts, "vomit" included, for Mother's Day. In 2017, he set up a pop-up restaurant serving a simple menu of spaghetti and meatballs. 

During the first wave of COVID-19, Mathers once again served up Mom's Spaghetti for all medical workers in Michigan, as well as families battling the virus. He has donated packs of pasta to victims of hurricanes and other natural disasters in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

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What's in Mom's Spaghetti?

Mom's Spaghetti officially opened doors on Wednesday, September 29, and the TV ads are running on local television. The restaurant has only five items on the menu: the basic spaghetti, spaghetti with meatballs, spaghetti with rabbit balls (vegan), spaghetti sandwich, and a bottle of soda pop or water.

According to the rapper's manager, Paul Rosenberg, the previous pop-ups were meant to test the waters before opening a permanent shop, where other Eminem items will also be for sale.

"Now, fans can experience a uniquely-curated environment and obtain merch and other items from Eminem and his new pasta operation," Rosenberg said.

But Who is Eminem's Mother?

Eminem didn't have a good relationship with his mother, Debbie Nelson, in his youth. She had him when she was just 18 years old and single-handedly raised him on her own because Eminem's father abandoned his family.

The rapper and his mother had a difficult life, compounded by her disease, Munchausen syndrome, which the rapper also talked about in his music. According to the Cleveland Clinic, this disorder prompts the person to lie, exaggerate or induce their condition.

In 2006, Nelson filed an $11-million defamation lawsuit against her son and claimed she was unhappy with the Eminem songs that depicted her as an abusive mother. The judge, however, ruled that she should only receive $1,600 from the $25,000 settlement from Eminem. 

Nelson then released a memoir, "My Son Marshall, My Son Eminem," detailing their life and has done the TV rounds to promote the book and gave her side of the story. However, years later, Eminem wrote an apology to his mother via the song "Headlights," and their relationship has been better since.

Eminem's mother has been living a relatively quiet life with her second husband and their three children. In a Rolling Stone interview in 2013, Eminem said they have said their apologies and forgiven each other and chosen the path to love and respect each other from then on.

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