Chefs on the Move

Who's In and Who's Out: Chef Shuffles for the Week of March 8

In New York City...

Brian Tsao, Mira Sushi & Izakaya

Mira Sushi & Izakaya opened, with Brian Tsao (Telepan) overseeing the kitchen and Owen Wu manning the sushi bar. Rich Torrisi, Mario Carbone, and Jeff Zalaznick (Parm) opened Carbone. Tørst had its debut this Friday; Daniel Burns (Momofuku) runs the kitchen, with Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø (Evil Twin Brewing) curating the beer list. Jennifer Cole-Ruiz of Balzac in Spain unveiled La Mujer Gala. Jezebel has reopened as The JSoho, Chris Mitchell (Fatta Cuckoo) taking Bradford Thompson's place in the kitchen. Pop Yogurt has reopened as Munchie’s Joint. Pain d’Epices is now open. The Pearl Diner has reopened. New York institution Joe’s Pizza expanded to its second location Monday after 37 years of business.

Aska GM Eamon Rockey has left the restaurant to pursue a new opportunity to debut later this year; beverage director Shiraz Noor has stepped into his place. Roxanne Spruance has left Café Tallulah after its fifth week; Patrick Farrell (L’Ecole) has been named chef de cuisine.

New investors at Les Enfants Terribles plan to close the café March 16 and reopen it as an Icelandic restaurant in the near future. Boulevard Bistro is set to open in the coming weeks. The Fourth will open at the Hyatt Union Square April 31. The Dubliner Owner Ronan Downs plans to debut Route 66 American Barbecue this April, followed by Bavaria Bierhaus in May. Chef Ryan Hardy and Sommelier Robert Bohr plan to let Charlie Bird fly this summer.

P.D. O’Hurley’s has been evicted from its current location. Flor de Sol has closed its current spot but may move in to the Meatpacking District. La Borinquena shuttered after 40 years. The Rawhide is scheduled to close at the end of the month. Barolo, Kumai Den, 5 Ninth, Flor de Sol and Saigon Grill have all shuttered.

On the East Coast...

Chris Coombs, Boston Chops

In Boston, Chris CoombsBoston Chops opened this week. The team behind Ginger Exchange cut the ribbon on Mission Sushi & Wok.

In Washington, D.C., Michael Kosmides unveiled Look in the old Teatro Goldini space, with a global menu and a grand opening set for March 11. Sanjeev Tuli of Heritage India opened Malgudi. Haandi has reopened in a new location. Nyi Nyi Myint has been promoted to chef de cuisine at Maple Ave. Restaurant; he will also help Tim Ma work on his new project, the forthcoming Water & Wall. Josu Zubikarai (Taberna del Alabardero) has taken on the task of overseeing all five La Tasca restaurants. Mi Cocina hopes for a late March debut in the former M Café location. Fat Shorty’s is coming to the former Rabbit space this April from Aaron Gordon (Red Velvet Cupcakery), who also plans to open Bar Di Bari later this spring. Cherry Hill Bar & Grill has its sights on a summer opening in the former Uniontown Bar and Grill space. Fabio Trabocchi (Fiola) has announced plans to open Fiola Mare by the end of 2013.

In Philadelphia, Edward Strojan of British Chip Shop in New Jersey opened Victoria Freehouse.

In Chicago and the Midwest...

Randy Reed, InterContinental Magnificent Mile

Rub BBQ Co. Chef-Owner Jared Leonard has expanded his concept to a second spot, called Rub Backcountry Smokehouse. Robust Coffee Lounge has opened a new location. Butterfield Kitchen is now in service. Mike Matuschka (Maxbar) has soft-opened Hofbrauhaus in suburban Rosemont, with a grand opening planned for March 18. 

Miae Lim has sold her share in Japonais to launch a new venture with Mirai's Jun Ichikawa. Randy Reed is the new executive chef at the InterContinental Magnificent Mile, coming in from the Willard InterContinental in Washington, D.C.

Howells & Hood opens March 16 in the Tribune Tower with a menu by Scott Walton and Paul Katz. Parson's Chicken & Fish plans to open mid-April with Hunter Moore (Girl & the Goat) in the kitchen. Tyrell Tomlin aims to debut Tommy Knuckles mid-April in the former Forno Diablo space. May should see the opening of Fred Latsko’s café Blue Door Farm Stand; Olivia Zaski (Sweet Mandy B’s) will lead the kitchen. Matt Eisler and Kevin Heisner (Nightwood) have joined forces with Ben Pritzker and Ben Lurie (The Barrelhouse Flat) to work on a new concept next to Au Cheval; look for a summer opening.

Dox Grill has shuttered. The final location of Uberstein has shuttered to make way for a Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbecue.

InterContinental Milwaukee has named Bob Druschitz (Quartino) its new executive chef.

Down South...

Dominique Macquet, Dominique's On Magazine

In New Orleans, Dominique Macquet debuted Dominique’s On Magazine this week, after moving out of a smaller space last year. La Casita opened in the former Foodies space. Keith and Lynda Young (Keith Young’s Steakhouse) have unveiled Crabby Shack Seafood and Po-boys. Café Reconcile reopens next week. Jason Schwartz (Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa) is the new executive chef at the Maison Dupuy Hotel. Ryan Asay (Pok Pok) is the new head mixologist at The Windsor Court Hotel. The Roosevelt has promoted Russ Bergeron to the position of beverage manager and hotel sommelier. 

In Atlanta, Holeman & Finch will open a location inside Turner Field April 1 (no fooling). Chris Hall, Todd Mussman, and Ryan Turner of Local Three are working on Common Quarter. Stillhouse opens this month; Jeffrey McGarr will craft the menu. Jean-Georges Vongerichten's Portico opens in June with Brian Lee in the kitchen. American Roadhouse and Essex Bagels & Deli have both closed. Everybody’s Pizza says goodbye March 19.

In Austin, Texas, Craft Pride opened last week. Flour and Vine has opened in the former Hugo’s Restaurant Y Tequila Bar, with former Hugo’s chef Tony Clevenger at the helm. Scott Mechura (Escondido Gold and Lake Club) is the new executive chef at Mansion at Judges’ Hill. Nuevo Leon has shuttered after 31 years.

In Dallas, Westin Galleria restaurant Second Floor Bistro and Bar has named Daniel Tarasevich as its new executive chef. Richard and Tiffanee Ellman (Oak) aim to open Pak Pao Thai this summer.

In Houston, husband-and-wife team Brian Lewis and Lisa Kuhfeldt opened Oak Leaf Smokehouse. Ice cream company Fat Cat Creamery will set up shop this June.

In Miami, David Sears has been appointed the chef de cuisine at Temple Orange in the Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach. Sam Gorenstein plans to open a second outpost of My Ceviche this month; Tomas Prado will man the kitchen.

In Los Angeles...

Andy Sonnefeld, Marcona on Melrose

Corazon y Miel is now in service with a menu by Eduardo Ruiz (Animal). Mama’s Indian Buffet now operates out of the Bistro Laurent space on days the bistro is closed. The self-described Indian gastropub Bad Maash opens this weekend in the former Charcoal Grill space. Koutoubia Owner Alex Ohayon has revamped his space into The West End Craft Cocktail Bar and Neighborhood Kitchen. On the Thirty debuted last week with Justin Urich at the helm. Nick Mathers opened Goldie’s on Thursday, with Thomas Lim (Duke Bistro) aboard as head chef. Raw Star Café opened in the former Sazon Latin Fusion space, and Shojin opened its second spot.

Andy Sonnefeld (The Foundry) is the new top toque at Marcona on Melrose. Charles Olalia has been promoted to executive chef at Patina after the departure of Tony Esnault last year. Ludo Lefebvre has hired Renée Everett for the kitchen at Trois Mec after her turn on ABC’s “The Taste.” Ethan Holmes has become the chef de cuisine at BluEmber at Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage.

Kaishin plans to open later this month. Innovative Dining Group (RivaBella) has partnered with Cecile Tang Shu Shuen of Joss to open Chi-Lin next month. After last week’s closure of Glencrest BBQ, owner Jon Swire has begun converting the space into Belly Up sandwich shop, which he expects to open in late April. 800 Degrees team Adam Fleischman and Anthony Carron have announced plans for a second, much larger location this fall. Tsujita LA Artisan Noodle will open ANNEX across the street this April. Ricardo Zarate (Mo-Chica) will start serving Amazonian fare at Paiche this spring.

Hof’s Hut shuttered its flagship Long Beach location, leaving its other locations behind. California Vegan has shuttered, as has Katsuya. Key Club closes March 14. Jin Patisserie leaves its location March 24; a new spot is in the pipeline. Playa has shuttered to reconcept. Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing has shuttered; Govind Armstrong will open Willie Jane in its space this month.

In the San Francisco Bay Area...

Charles Phan, Hard Water

Big news out of Berkeley this morning, where Chez Panisse caught fire overnight. Local media reports indicate that although the restaurant suffered some damage, a sprinkler system kept the fire from spreading and apparently smoke damage is minimal. Investigators are determining the cause of the fire, which started under the floor in the front right corner of the restaurant. 

Meanwhile, in San Francisco proper, Betelnut Chef de Cuisine Michael Siegel opened Shorty Goldstein’s. Kinson Lau (Gitane) opened The Alchemist this week. Waraku is now operating in the former Bushi-Tei space. Pizzahhh has debuted from the owners of Top Dog. Foundation Café has opened. MoMo’s has reopened after renovations. The Eagle Tavern has reopened. Betelnut reopens this weekend as small plates concept Hutong; Alex Ong remains chef. Michael Ireland (Gather) has been named wine director at menswear store-slash-private club Wingtip.

Charles Phan’s Hard Water will start flowing March 14. Stein’s Beer Garden hopes to start service by the end of the month, with food by Colby Reade. Flour + Co. is due out April 1, from Baker-Owner Emily Day. Next Door Restaurant heads to the former Addie’s Pizza Pie space in May. Three Twins Ice Cream and Estela’s Fresh Sandwiches are both set to reopen June 1.

BEC’s Bar & Bistro and Noble Café have both called it quits. All You Knead is closing for renovations. The brick-and-mortar of Scream Sorbet is no more. Another Monkey and Eat + Lounge shuttered. Ricos has closed after 30 years. Tommy Toy’s will shutter at the end of the month.

Out West...

Vic Moea, Vic's

In Portland, Ore., former wholesale bakery Bluebird Bakers has opened a brick-and-mortar retail space. South Paw Deli is now in service. Earl Ninsom (PaaDee) opened the Thai restaurant and market Tarad with Ning Purnabimba in the kitchen. Ración opened Thursday from Anthony Cafiero. Mark Cuneo (Fratelli) has taken the helm at Equinox. Rick Widmayer has departed Screen Door to team up with Greg Slauson (Donut-O-Rama) on a doughnut shop/bar due to open in May. Bara Sushi will soon shutter to make way for owner Nyno Thol’s other concept, the Cambodian food cart Sok Sab Bai.

In Seattle, Tom Black has taken the head chef position at Bis on Main. Chuck Shin has signed a lease to open Chuck’s Hop Shop some time this summer. Radiator Whiskey has named April 1 as its opening date; Tyler Palagi and Charlie Garrison will serve as chefs. Stefan Petrov (Verona Pizza) will debut The Villa, also by April 1.

In Tuscon, Ariz., Russell Michel (Morgan’s Steakhouse) is now the top toque at the Westin Paloma Resort.

In Las Vegas, Chef-Restaurateur Vic “Vegas” Moea opened Vic’s.


Danish authorities have cited Noma for hygiene violations after 67 of the 78 guests served during a four-day period in February fell ill with norovirus after eating there. "We are in the business of making people happy and taking care of our guests, so this is the worst thing that could happen to us," Noma managing director Peter Kreiner told Reuters. "Since the outbreak we have worked closely with the health authorities to get to the bottom of it and find the source of infection." According to media reports, the infection likely started with a kitchen worker and spread through poor hygiene; Danish health authorities said the prep area kitchen did not have hot water.

Jack Duszynski

radiator whiskey
that Palagi guy is a solid chef

3/14/2013 11:40 PM Posted By: Jeffrey Perin
Re: In Chicago
Originally posted by Anne Spiselman
I think Howells & Hood opens March 16 in the Tribune Tower, not the Trump Tower.
You're right. We've updated it accordingly. Thank you!

3/8/2013 4:16 PM Posted By: Danielle Friedland
In Chicago
I think Howells & Hood opens March 16 in the Tribune Tower, not the Trump Tower.

3/8/2013 1:05 PM Posted By: Anne Spiselman

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