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Attention foodies: here’s a look at the most anticipated restaurants opening this fall, from Napa Valley to The Big Apple.
Where: Brooklyn. Who: Adam Leonti, former chef at Vetri in Philadelphia, who’s been spending his time in New York perfecting his carbs at Brooklyn Bread Lab. The Gist: Breads and pastas built around freshly milled flour and grains anchor the menu at the Williamsburg Hotel’s new restaurant. Vegetables and grains are the main focus, but there will be one meat and one seafood dish on the menu. “We’re really trying to flip the ratios and get people to start saving the world through dining,” said Leonti. Sample Dish: Saffron Risotto. Opening: November.
THE SHAW BIJOU
Where: Washington, D.C. Who: Kwame Onwuachi, who placed sixth in the last season of Top Chef. The Gist: Serving 13 globally-influenced courses for 32 seats, the Shaw Bijou is going to be one of the toughest reservations to get this fall. Sample Dish: Moroccan flatbread with carrot butter. Opening: Tickets were just released last week for seatings starting November 1.
BRAVA BY BRAD KILGORE
Where: Miami. Who: Brad Kilgore, of Wynwood hotspot Alter, in a new partnership with the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County. The Gist: A rejiggering of the venue’s existing restaurant (called Brava). Under Kilgore, there will be two seatings a night, one for show-goers, the other for the dining public. Opening: September 30.
Where: Minneapolis. Who: Doug Flicker, from Minneapolis favorite Piccolo, and “one of the city’s most gifted chefs,” according to Star Tribune restaurant critic Rick Nelson. The Gist: Vegetables and grains in the Walker Art Center, where two other concepts have floundered. Will Flicker light the spark the space needs? Opening: Early December.
Where: Los Angeles. Who: Zach Pollack of Alimento in Silver Lake, California — named as the best Italian restaurant in the city by Los Angeles Magazine. The Gist: Pizzas and pastas in an Echo Park space with a to-go component and brisk lunch business. Sample Dish: Apparently Pollack has been working on his mozzarella stick recipe for months. Opening: TBD.
Where: Greenville, South Carolina. Who: James Beard Award-winning Chef Sean Brock. The Gist: Brock, a champion of Southern ingredients, takes his extraordinary Husk restaurant (which already has locations in Charleston and Nashville) to the fastest growing city in South Carolina — Savannah is also on deck to get a Husk in early 2017. Sample Dish: Hope that, like the other Husk locations, this one will serve Brock’s gas station-inspired fried chicken at some point during the day. Opening: TBD.
Where: Austin. Who: Paul Qui, who used to be famous for winning Top Chef but lately is known for an episode of alleged drug-induced domestic violence that led to his arrest last year. The Gist: Qui, who’s been sober since attending rehab, according to a recent interview with My Statesman, will close his namesake restaurant in early September. That space will become Kuneho — which means ‘rabbit’ in Tagalog — and will feature Japanese technique, a sushi bar and a chance for atonement. Opening: November.
Where: Los Angeles. Who: Sara Kramer and Sarah Hymanson, the duo behind neo-falafel joint Madcapra in DTLA’s Grand Central Market. The Gist: The Sara(h)s are furthering their Middle Eastern designs on LA in this new partnership with Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo — of Animal, Son of a Gun, Trois Mec, and Trois Familia — in Los Feliz. Opening: October.
Where: New Orleans. Who: Just add an ‘E’ and a ‘Lagasse.’ The Gist: Wood grilling in the Warehouse District, the fourth restaurant for Emeril in New Orleans. Sample Dish: No menu has been released yet, but they’re teasing test dishes on Instagram at @merilnola. Opening: September 24.
UNION SQUARE CAFE
Where: Manhattan. Who: Danny Meyer. The Gist: The triumphant return of the seminal Union Square Cafe, a rising rent victim that shut down in 2014. Its new location, at 101 East 19th Street, will have a dedicated bakery, huge kitchen and an adjacent to-go shop, Daily Provisions, that will transition into a tasting menu studio for chef Carmen Quagliata. Opening: October.
Where: Napa Valley. Who: Chef Kyle Connaughton and his wife and business partner, Katina Connaughton, who will run the on-site farm. The Gist: Japanese-influenced kaiseki meals crafted with ingredients grown on the farm. After dinner, sleep soundly in one of Single Thread’s five guest rooms, where the Japanese hospitality ethos of omotenashi reigns. Sample Dish: Sonoma duck cooked in the embers with komatsuna, fermented Asian pears, eggplant and roasted sesame purée. Opening: Late October.
Where: Mobile, Alabama. Who: Duane Nutter, Reggie Washington and Tiffanie Barriere from the acclaimed One Flew South at Atlanta Airport (ATL). The Gist: If you’ve ever been saddled with a delay at maddening Harsfield-Jackson, you know the glory that is the respite of One Flew South. Southern National will take Nutter’s cooking and Barriere’s cocktails to Alabama. Opening: Early December.
Where: San Francisco. Who: Tacolicious co-founder Telmo Faria. The Gist: Portuguese food gets its due in the Bay Area thanks to Faria, a native of the country’s Azores Islands. Expect to see a strong Portuguese wine list, Ports and Madeiras. Sample Dish: Piri-Piri chicken. Opening: Late October.
ROYAL SUSHI & IZAKAYA
Where: Philadelphia. Who: Dave Frank and Stephen Simons — who operate a group of beloved neighborhood hangouts with far better food than you’d expect — in partnership with father-and-son sushi stars, Matt and Jesse Ito. The Gist: A project that’s been in the works since at least 2013; heavier on cooked bar snacks in the true Izakaya tradition, with a small sushi bar manned by Jesse. Sample Dish: Miso-glazed eggplant. Opening: TBD, but allegedly sometime this fall.
Where: Manhattan. Who: April Bloomfield (of Spotted Pig, Breslin, Salvation Burger) and longtime collaborator, Ken Friedman. The Gist: A three-meals-a-day meat palace with an on-site butcher shop run by Jocelyn Guest and Erika Nakamura, who previously helmed LA’s popular Lindy & Grundy. Sample dish: Chopped cheese, an upscale version of a cheesesteak-like bodega staple that according to New York Magazine, “is big in Harlem and the Bronx, plus a smattering of corner delis in Queens and Brooklyn [but] has steadfastly been denied its deserved mainstream success.” Opening: September.
Where: Chicago. Who: Anna and David Posey (ex-Blackbird). The Gist: Tasting and a la carte menus in the Market District. “The design of the restaurant is Scandinavian-influenced, which is a large part of my upbringing,” says David, “but the food will not necessarily be Nordic-inspired.” Opening: Early November.
RESTAURANT TBD AT A/D/O
Where: Brooklyn. Who: New Nordic J.V. and Varsity captains Fredrik Berzelius (of NYC restaurant, Aska) and Claus Meyer, the Noma founder who just opened the Great Northern Food Hall in Grand Central Station. The Gist: A/D/O — which stands for Amalgamated Drawing Office, by the way — is a co-working space/retail design store/Place-People-Will-Want-to-Hang-Out created by BMW’s tiny car brand, MINI. Details are scarce on the restaurant Berzelius and Meyer will run within the shrine, but word is it will be casual, not a Tweezers-and-lichen situation. Opening: TBD.
Which of these restaurant openings are you looking forward to the most?
Featured image by Jason Jaacks, courtesy of Single Thread.
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