Chefs on the Move

Who's In and Who's Out in Chef Shuffles for the week of Jan. 11

In New York City...

Hung Huyhn, The General and CATCH

EMM Group opened two restaurants this week: The General and CATCH down in Miami, both with menus by Hung Huynh, who will be in the kitchen at The General. Fabio Scovaventi and the team behind Posada Mergherita have debuted Circolo. Boulton & Watt started churning, with menu by David Rotter of Norwood. Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque has taken its concept brick-and-mortar, and both Catfish and Malai Marke are now open. The owners of Stitch Bar & Lounge began service at Chelsea Pub. The second Casa Havana is up and running. The Royal is now open, with a menu by Minetta Tavern Sous Chef Daniel Perilla. Qi Thai Grill, with Pichet Ong and Sripaphai Tipmanee collaborating in the kitchen, is open, as is Rogue & Canon. Bon! Asian Spice is now open. Madman Espresso has begun serving up its namesake beverage. Café Tallulah has begun service, with a menu by Roxanne K. Spruance (WD-50) and cocktails by Dushan Zaric of Employees Only.

Sommelier Steven Morgan has left Tribeca Grill after getting a job with Alinea in Chicago. The owners of Cash Bar have taken over Murray Bar and given the space a facelift. Waldy Malouf of Beacon Restaurant notoriety has been named the new senior director of special projects at the Culinary Institute of America.

The upstairs dining room at P.J. Clarke’s will become members-only next week, serving only 550 members. Baker-turned-actor Dwight Henry, most recently in “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” reverts to baker this spring when he opens Mr. Henry’s with Richie Notar. After a New Year’s Eve closure, Le Bilboquet plans to move to bigger digs this summer. The Harlem institution Minton’s Playhouse looks to reopen under new owner Richard D. Parsons and Executive Chef Alexander Smalls in June. Sushi wunderkind David Bouhadana, previously of Sushi Uo, plans to open Dojo in late winter or early spring.

Ryan Skeen’s 83 ½ has called it quits, and Hinsch’s will close Mar. 1. The coffee shop Oslo is presumably closed after all but burning down. Its larger location remains standing. La Montanara is no more.

On the East Coast...

Bob Kinkead, Rivers at the Watergate

In Washington, D.C., Lotus Grill & Noodles and Mother Rucker’s have both opened. Karen Nicolas has left Toddy Gray’s restaurant Equinox. Bob Kinkead of the recently closed Kinkead’s now plans to replace Rivers at the Watergate with a concept he’s calling Ancora. Ana Sortun plans to open her new spot—the name of which she won’t release—in June. 19th Bar has shuttered. BonChon is closing its doors and moving to another location, in Arlington; Chi-MC Chicken & Beer will replace it. 

In Philadelphia, Chris Allen of Chris’s Taco Stand has decided to move out of the area and is now looking to sell off the entire business on Craigslist. The team behind Memphis Taproom has just signed the lease to take over the space formerly inhabited by The Butcher & The Brewer. Chef-Owner Clark Gilbert has decided to close Gemelli on Main with plans to reopen as Bisou, a French bistro.

In Boston, SKYBOKX 109 Gastrosports opened this week. Prezza reopened Friday, after dealing with fire damage that forced its closure in July. OM has closed.

In Chicago...

Todd Stein

Andrew Brochu opens The Monarch, the revamping of Uberstein in Wicker Park, today. John des Rosiers reconcepted Moderno into Royce, and Dak Wings is now softly open.

Todd Stein announced he is leaving Piccolo Sogno Due to move to TWO Urban Licks in Atlanta at the end of the month; Gabriel Hernandez takes his place. Andrew Johnson is now executive pastry chef at Waldorf Astoria Chicago. Beverage director Michael Simon has left Carriage House, citing creative differences. Andres Barrera of City Winery in NYC is currently at City Winery here, retooling after what he called “a few bumps in the beginning.”

The team behind Orange announced plans to open Range this summer. Eleven City Diner plans to open a second spot in Lincoln Park. Brendan Sodikoff also has plans to open a Jewish-style deli called Dillman’s. Villains Bar and Grill will reopen soon in a new, undisclosed spot. Lillie’s Q is coming to the French Market at the end of the month.

Great Lake pizzeria is closing, possibly for a move, though owners Nick Lessins and Lydia Esparza both remain tight-lipped. The original La Pasadita shuttered, facing rent hikes. Alimentari has closed after 6 months, and People tapas lounge will close Jan. 20.

In Minneapolis...

In Minneapolis, River Room at Macy’s will close Jan. 31. D’Amico Kitchen in Le Meridien Chambers hotel closes its doors Sunday.

Down South...

Andera Apuzzo, Andy's Bistro

In New Orleans, Andrea Apuzzo opened Andy’s Bistro. Bouche has closed.

In Atlanta, the US’ second La Tagliatella is now open; the first opened in Atlanta mid-December. Angus Brown is departing Octopus Bar for Vietnam. The pair behind Bantam & Biddy now plan to open Chick-a-Biddy in April or May.

In Austin, Habesha Ethiopian Restaurant & Bar held its grand opening. The Purple Bean Café closed, and Titaya’s has closed indefinitely for renovations.

In Miami, Pubbelly spinoff PB Steak opened Thursday, less than a week after the team opened their second Barceloneta. Estiatorio Milos GM Michael Reginbogin announced he was leaving to start his own venture with Jamie DeRosa, with whom he worked at Tudor House. Husband-wife chef team Brad and Soraya Kilgore are “no longer involved” with Route 9 or Exit One, according to a tweet by from the mister.

In Los Angeles...

Mark Peel, Campanile

SHOR opened this week in the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach, helmed by Jonathan Solis. Rebel Bite has recently opened its brick-and-mortar location. The Emerson Theatre debuted Jan. 9; Peter Kanaat mixes the drinks. Sirena, a collaboration between Sandy Gendel of Pace and Michael Sutton of Guys and Dolls, opened, and Hole in the Wall Burger Joint reopened in its new space.

Michael Aquilar has come on as head pastry chef at Wolfgang Puck’s WP24 Restaurant and Lounge at the Ritz-Carlton. Sommelier David Haskell is no longer associated with The Colonial but says he’s exploring other opportunities. Chad Colby has been confirmed as being part of Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich, and Nancy Silverton’s Chi Spacca, which opens early February.

Campanile has begun construction in LAX to replace a Chili’s; restaurateur Mark Peel hopes for a May opening. NYC’s Grimaldi’s Pizza looks to expand to LA with six locations planned.

Freddy Vargas will soon leave the LA branch of Scarpetta for Mercato di Vetro. Las Vegas’ Alex Stratta will replace him.

Kikafulo has closed.

In San Francisco...

Ian Begg, Naked Lunch

Bisou French Bistro reopened after renovations. Rosamunde Sausage Grill opened its fourth outpost. Trick Dog is now open under the direction of Bon Vivants Co-Founders Josh Harris and Scott Baird. Chef-Owners Greg Faucette and Jason Limburg have softly opened Wine Kitchen. El Gusano, from Tropisueño partners Erin Brooks and Michael Sopher, is now open. The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen opened its second location. Naked Lunch Partners Ryan Maxey and Ian Begg expanded into their recently closed next-door Txoko space this week.

Tosca has been taken over by New Yorkers Ken Friedman and April Bloomfield of Spotted Pig. Dominique Crenn has hired Christopher Bleidorn as chef de cuisine at Atelier Crenn. Japanese chef Yuichiro Aramki has come on at Suika, which is gearing up to reopen after being closed a few weeks ago for operating without proper permits.

Persimmon Café is closing to make way for J Tu Café. Gatip Classic Thai Cuisine has shuttered.

Out West....

Shawn McClain, FIVE50

In Portland, Ore., Thomas Boyce is no longer with Bluehour; Dolan Lane has taken his spot. David Anderson has left Genoa in a transition that begun with the hiring of former Fenouil Chef Jake Martin late last year. Saucebox alumnus Adam Kekahuna has come on at Quartet, which plans for a sweet Feb. 14 opening. Uncle Dick’s Deep Fried Hot Dogs plans its opening for Jan. 16. Ken Forkish of Ken’s Artisan Bakery has plans to open his third property, Trifecta Tavern & Bakery, in the summer.

In Seattle, Gaba Sushi—partly owned by Billy Beach of Japonessa—is now open. Lookout Co-Owner Michael Forte has leased the old Bisato space to house a New Orleans-style gastropub come spring; Mark Amatangelo has signed on as chef. Calozzi’s in Pioneer Square has shuttered, although its newly minted second spot still stands. Guanaco’s Tacos has closed.

In Las Vegas, Shawn McClain made public his plans to open FIVE50 this spring at Aria, where he is executive chef at Sage.

In Canada...

We are delighted to report that Jonathan Gushue of Langdon Hall has been found alive and well; police aren’t sharing many details. —Jack Duszynski

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