Chefs on the Move

Marc Vetri Does Pizza His Way in Philadelphia, Tony Maws Christens His New Boston Restaurant, and McCrady's Undergoes a Chef Shuffle

In New York City...

Andrew D'Ambrosi, Bergin Hill

Bergin Hill takes the place of Bourgeois Pig, with Andrew D'Ambrosi (Le Cirque) curating the seafood-centric concept. Massimo Lusardi's The Lusardi Group opened Pagani in a restored 19th-century music store; Executive Chef Mark Barrett (Tabla) is in charge of the regional Italian fare and Sean McClure (Craft) consulted on the beverage side. Cultures collide at Shelter Pizza, a new empanada and pizza place from the owners of Rosarito Fish Shack. The Butcher's Daughter spawned another sibling: Butcher's Daughter Market. Flavors get wacky at the new doughnut shop Dough Loco. Khe-Yosk is a cleverly named banh mi sandwich counter attached to parent restaurant Khe-Yo. Hurricane Sandy-ravaged BIN no. 220 has finally reopened. Beast of Bourbon and Morgan's are two of the latest barbecue additions to the city's meaty melee. The second location of Friedman's Lunch bolsters the midday offerings near Penn Station. The Midwest inspires the menus at Nicholas Nostadt's Picnic.

Today marks Angelo Romano's last day at The Pines; Sous Chef John Poiaroff steps up to fill the position.

Bartender Xavier Herit (Daniel) christens his own neighborhood bar, Wallflower, later this month with Jared Stafford-Hill in the kitchen. Treat House plans to expand its gourmet cereal-marshmallow bar concept with multiple locations in the future. Next year, Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi, and Jeff Zalaznick will bring a location of Parm to Brookfield Place. Jennifer Oz LeRoy intends to revive Maxwell's Plum, the restaurant and singles bar run by her legendary restaurateur father, Warner LeRoy.

Kenny Callaghan departs Blue Smoke at the end of the month after 12 years.

Say goodbye to the Russian restaurant Mazelle and greet the sandwich shop HiHello as it takes over the space. Cowboy Pizza and barbecue joint Alchemy, Texas are no more.

On the East Coast...

Tony Maws, The Kirkland Tap and Trotter (photo by Cal Bingham)

In Boston, Tony Maws (Craigie on Main) opens the doors at The Kirkland Tap & Trotter on Monday. Opening buzz comes to a climax at Beat Hôtel, the latest spot from the folks behind The Beehive. Warehouse Bar & Grille breaks ground any day now. Brian Young steps in as chef de cuisine under Eric Brennan at Post 390. Catalyst brings on Matthew Celeste as its new chef de cuisine. Scissors Pie cuts its way onto Newbury Street at some point in the near future. Nantucket's popular bistro/sushi bar Lola 41 plans a Back Bay location later this year. 28 Degrees has cooled off, while the closure of the Korean eatery Kaya makes way for a new hotel, possibly with the same name.

In Philadelphia, Marc Vetri's hotly anticipated fifth concept, Pizzeria Vetri, heats up the Fairmount District. Entree Bistro, featuring seasonal American cuisine by Kevin Addis, replaces Novita Bistro. Cameron Mitchell brings his steak and seafood concept, Ocean Prime, to Center City with the help of Executive Chef Sonny Pache. Guillermo Tellez is out at Square 1682 and Red Owl Tavern. Cafette called it quits.

In Washington, D.C., Georgetown has a new tequila and guacamole temple called El Centro D.F. The Burmese restaurant Mandalay unveils its second location, and the British-influenced Duke's Grocery is open, too. Urbana's new chef, Ethan McKee, is implementing more of a Mediterranean focus. Shake Shack will add two more D.C. locations by mid-2014, including one in Union Station. Mike Isabella will keep the momentum going with Kapnos Taverna, an Arlington offshoot of Kapnos due next summer. Also opening next summer: a Mexican concept from the owners of 1905 Restaurant.

In Chicago...

Christine Cikowski and Joshua Kulp, Honey Butter Fried Chicken

The long-awaited Honey Butter Fried Chicken takes flight tomorrow; it's the first brick-and-mortar restaurant from Sunday Dinner Club duo Christine Cikowski and Joshua Kulp. Saigon Sisters' third sibling spot premiered at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, while DMK Burger Bar is the latest vendor at Soldier Field.

Mike Simmons (Lula Cafe) is the new executive chef at Rootstock, and Alex Shalev steps up to the plate at Grass Fed. Riley Huddleston is out at Prasino.

BlackFinn Ameripub, with locations in Austin and Virginia, will debut its Chicago location next month. The suburban staple Sugar Hills Bakery expands to the city with a new location on Oct. 3. Boka Restaurant Group announced plans for a new sushi concept due sometime next year. Ravenswood Q is a forthcoming upscale barbecue spot headed for the former Cafe 28 space.

It's lights out at Gaslight this weekend, as the neighborhood bar relocates and is replaced by wine bar Trellis.

Down South...

Michael Nirenberg, Fulton Alley

In New Orleans, Michael Nirenberg departs Tivoli & Lee for Fulton Alley, a bowling alley and restaurant opening this fall.

In Atlanta, Bantam Pub is in soft opening mode. The newest 'cue on the street is The Smoke Ring, promising "gastrocue" from Jordan Wakefield when it opens on Tuesday. Steak burgers, flatbreads, and other American chophouse staples abound at Smash Kitchen & Bar. David Sweeney is no longer working at Cakes & Ale. Greater Good Barbecue gets a sister spot later this month, and the second location of Bantam + Biddy is on track for this November. Foundation Social Eatery opens its doors later this fall. Cooks & Soldiers is the official name for the previously announced fourth restaurant due early next year from Castellucci Hospitality Group.

In Austin, Texas, the folks behind Black Sheep Lodge make way for their latest spot, Haymaker. Lucy's Fried Chicken heats up Burnet Road with everything from fried chicken nachos to fried chicken spaghetti. As Weather Up adds food service to its cocktail repertoire, the bar brings on Kristine Kittrell to run the culinary show.

In Dallas, high-end burgers lay the framework at the new Dee Lincoln Steak & Burger Bar. Taverna Rossa brings pizza and beer to the bygone Red's Patio Grill space.

In Houston, F.E.E.D. TX restaurant group expands its breadth with Liberty Kitchen & Oysterette, the first of a handful of new openings scheduled for this fall; Chef/Partner Lance Fegan leads the charge on the coastal menu.

In Charleston, S.C., the gluten-free bakery Sweet Radish Bakeshop starts its ovens Monday. Daniel Heinze steps up as chef de cuisine at McCrady's, as outgoing chef Jeremiah Langhorne works to open a Chesapeake Bay-influenced spot in Washington, D.C.

In Greenville, S.C., Table 301 Restaurant Group debuts the taco truck-inspired eatery Papi's Tacos, featuring Mexican family recipes from Jorge Baralles.

In Miami, The Island Bistro brings a taste of the tropics (and coffee-infused cocktails) to Miami. Area 31 welcomes Wolfgang Berk aboard as its new chef. A Palm Beach location of Del Frisco's Grille is due later this month, and Ladurée will bring Parisian confections to Lincoln Road when it opens next month.

In Los Angeles...

Nicole Grimes, Rao's (photo by Ethan Miller)

New York City's Rao's opens its Hollywood location next week, with Nicole Grimes at the helm. Following a three-month closure, The Phoenix rises from the ashes with a few new menu items added to its notoriously sparse steak-and-fries menu. 643 North brings Italian flavor to Chinatown. Daniel Shemtob opens his second TLT Food location; it's another outpost derived from The Lime Truck mobile operation. The first Los Angeles outpost of Portland, Ore.-based Stumptown is open. Sage Organic Vegan Bistro is the latest meat-free eatery in town.

Hakkasen spices up Beverly Hills next week. The Komodo food truck unveils its second brick-and-mortar spot in early October. Spring & Ivy blossoms in early 2014. Gareth Kantner (Cafe Stella) will build his empire with two new restaurants next year: a Cuban-Vietnamese sandwich shop called Dinette and a larger restaurant called Libre.

Anthony Sinsay will be the chef de cuisine at Herringbone when it opens in December.

Buddha's Belly goes belly up this weekend.

In San Francisco...

Randy Lewis, Bergerac (photo by Natalie Darville)

Bar director Russell Davis and chef Randy Lewis team up to open Bergerac Sept. 21, giving SOMA a new outlet for internationally inspired cocktails and dishes. Boulettes Larder is open once again after a four-month closure for renovations. inoVino brings Italian wine and enoteca fare to Cole Valley. Ordinaire is a new Oakland wine bar that is anything but ordinary.

Changes are afoot within the Daniel Patterson Group, as Kim Alter moves from Haven to Plum, and Chris Johnson goes from Coi to Haven. At Commis, James Syhabout appoints a new chef de cuisine, Aaron Martinez, and a new pastry chef, Joshua Meiseman.

Venga Paella showcases Spanish tapas and its namesake rice extravaganza when it opens in Oakland on Oct. 7; the restaurant is the culmination of Eduardo Balaguer's catering business of the same name. The Massachusetts-based potato emporium 3 Potato 4 brings its tuber treats to San Francisco in early October. Lisa Shaw (A16) beefs up SOMA next month with Merigan Sub Shop. Pim Techamuanvivit will open a small Thai restaurant called Kin Khao in November.

Santa Clara's Orenchi Ramen will debut a new location in the Mission next summer. Hog Island Oyster Company is set to expand in the Ferry Building Marketplace next year, adopting the former Ferry Plaza Seafood space. James Syhabout (Commis) will team up with Adam Lamoreaux (Linden Street Brewery) for a beer-focused restaurant called The Dock at Linden Street at some point on the horizon.

Out West...

Steven Redzikowski, Acorn

In Denver, Steven Redzikowski plants Acorn and gives OAK at fourteenth a sister restaurant.

In Portland, Ore., Mark Bitterman debuts the second location of his salt, chocolate, and flower shop, The Meadow. Brunch haven Trinket takes over the former Kingdom of Roosevelt space. On Monday, Kooroush Shearan officially swaps Shiraz Grill for Piattino, an Italian small plates spot. Woodsman Market butcher Andrew Gregory moves up to the head chef slot at Woodsman Tavern. The eagerly anticipated Boxer Ramen announced an opening date of Oct. 9. Local mini chain Killer Burger plans its fourth location inside the Moda Center.

In Seattle, Martino's is a new smoked meats shop situated in—wait for it—a former vegan shoe store. Top Pot Doughnuts opens its 15th Seattle cafe, and Veggie Grill unveils its third city location. Empire-builder Josh Henderson (Huxley Wallace Collective) homes in on pastries for his next concept, Parchment; the bakery and beer boutique opens next year with Pastry Chef Laura Pyles running the show.

In Las Vegas, Miki Agrawal cranks up the ovens at organically minded pizza joint Wild at the Ogden. Anthony Amoroso is the new top toque at Aria. Herb Wilson steps down at SushiSamba at the Shoppes at the Palazzo to take over Sumo Maya in Scottsdale, Ariz. Pizza Rock, from World Pizza Champion Tony Gemignani, inches closer to opening; the dough should be ready to roll within the next week.

In Lafayette, Calif., Alessandri Segura steps in as pastry chef at The Park Bistro & Bar, implementing a new sundae bar as well as taking the reins of the pastry program.

Up North...

In Vancouver, British Columbia, Uva Wine Bar taps Lauren Mote (Bittered Sling) as its new bar manager. —Matt Kirouac


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Kenneth Johnson has lect Pescatore Restaurant and has taken over Petaluma Restaurant

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Kenneth Johnson has lect Pescatore Restaurant and has taken over Petaluma Restaurant

9/13/2013 1:41 PM Posted By: Kenneth johnson

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