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The 40 Most Anticipated Restaurant Openings of 2013

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An almost overwhelming number of notable restaurants will be opening up across the United States in 2013. Here are forty of the most important ones that have been announced so far. Among the selection: the largest Nobu in the world, a New York City collaboration between chef Tien Ho and restaurateur Gabe Stulman (Montmartre), Paul Qui's long-awaited flagship in Austin (Qui), a second outpost of a beloved Chicago burger spot (Kuma's Too), former Momofuku operative Peter Serpico's collaboration with Philadelphia restaurateur Stephen Starr (Serpico), the project taking over L.A.'s dearly departed Campanile (Republique), and much, much more. Here we go:




Location: Atlanta, GA
Chef: Kevin Gillespie
Projected Opening: February

Former Top Chef contestant Kevin Gillespie has left Woodfire Grill to open up his own restaurant, tentatively named Gunshow. Gillespie promises to fulfill his vision of what Southern food is. It "isn't the type of stuff you see in magazines," he recently told Eater Atlanta. "It's a little rougher around the edges."
[Photo: Angie Mosier via Eater Atlanta]


King + Duke

Location: Atlanta, GA
Chef: Ford Fry
Projected Opening: March

King + Duke is the next project from chef and restaurateur Ford Fry, who seems to open a new restaurant every day. He explained to Eater National that King + Duke would have "a 24-foot wood-burning hearth, an actual fireplace, where [they'll] have tons of coal and burning wood moving around. It's primitive but exacting food. We may have ducks spinning or hanging from the hearth, and beneath it we'll have potatoes or other ingredients catching the juices of the proteins roasting above. They're going to be simple flavors, but you won't be able to find that kind of taste at other restaurants."
[Photo: Meyer Davis Studio]




Location: Austin, TX
Chef: Paul Qui
Projected Opening: TBD

The eponymous flagship from beloved and crazy talented chef Paul Qui is one of the most anticipated openings in the entire country. In a recent Eater Interview, Qui described the project as consisting of a 50-seat, no-reservations dining room ("probably 12-14 items, more family-oriented, with whatever I can get in Texas") and a smaller 12-seat tasting menu experience. You can see renderings of the space here.
[Photo: Daniel Krieger]


Odd Duck

Location: Austin, TX
Chef: Bryce Gilmore
Projected Opening: Late Spring

Barley Swine chef Bryce Gilmore is returning to his roots, reviving the food truck that made him famous in its original location, but as a brick-and-mortar. According to a release, the 120-seat restaurant will feature "intensely local, seasonal fare prepared by the restaurant's wood fired oven and grill and an extensive in-house bread program."
[Photo: Barley Swine]




Location: Somerville, MA
Chef: Tim Weichmann
Projected Opening: February

Tim Weichmann and wife Bronwyn Weichmann took over the Ronnarong Thai Tapas bar space in Union Square last year and are finally getting read to open Bronwyn. The menu will "explore the cuisines of Germany, Austria, Alto Adige and Eastern Europe," with items like Bavarian sausages, artisan breads, and dumplings. Also expect lots of wine, schnapps, and beer.
[Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]


Blue Dragon

Location: Boston, MA
Chef: Ming Tsai
Projected Opening: January

Simply Ming star and Blue Ginger owner Ming Tsai is on track to open Blue Dragon in Fort Point. Tsai is billing it as an "Asian gastropub," serving items like his take on fish and chips and Indonesian curry shepherd's pie. It will seat 75.
[Photo: Facebook via Eater Boston]



Rutledge Cab Co.

Location: Charleston, SC
Chef: Robert Carter
Projected Opening: Probably by March

Carter Kitchen recently got a best new restaurant nod in Esquire, and chef Robert Carter is striking while the iron is hot with this watering hole, which will feature cocktails, smoked wings, and steak.
[Photo: Eater Charleston]



Sumi Robata Bar

Location: Chicago, IL
Chef: Gene Kato
Projected Opening: Any minute now

Former Japonais chef Gene Kato is embarking on this self-described "mom and pop operation" with his wife. It's a traditional, 16-seat robata bar with minimalist design meant to evoke Tokyo. There's also a separate lounge, the Charcoal Bar.
[Photo: Sumi Robata Bar]


Kuma's Too

Location: Chicago, IL
Projected Opening: February

This will be a second location of the extremely popular, metal-themed burger spot Kuma's Corner. Owner Michael Caine doesn't intend on fixing what isn't broke. The new location (which boasts the very appropriate address of 666), will serve the same exact menu as the original but will just be slightly larger. Maybe that means the lines will be shorter, but don't hold your breath.
[Photo: Eater Chicago]



Tanoshi Ramen

Location: Dallas, TX
Projected Opening: "First quarter of 2013"

Dallas is getting its first ramen spot thanks to Joey and Chi Le, who own Wicked Po Boys in Richardson. The project will be inspired by restaurants like Ippudo, in New York, and feature noodles made in the shop. There'll also be "Asian street food." The owners aim to open late into the night, up until around 4 AM.
[Photo: EDFW via Eater Dallas]



Corner House

Location: Denver, CO
Chef: Matt Selby
Projected Opening: January 2013

Celebrated chef Matt Selby, who made a name for himself at the Vesta Dipping Grill, is setting out on his own with Corner House, which may be the most anticipated Denver opening of the year. Eater Denver recently had a chance to sample the menu, and here are the standouts: "the curry smoked chicken thigh salad panini with colorado brie, pickled onions, and scallion mayonnaise on the lunch menu, the Szechuan pepper venison loin with chanterelle mushroom conserva, tuscan kale, and beaujolais butter sauce on the dinner menu, and the rosemary ginger crème brûlée on the dessert list."
[Photo: Corner House]




Location: Houston, TX
Chef: Vincent Huynh
Projected Opening: February

An Italian concept from Morgan Weber and Ryan Pera, owners of the high-end grocery store/cafe Revival Market. Expect a casual neighborhood restaurant serving classic dishes, expertly prepared, with killer charcuterie offerings. Most dishes will be less than $15. Some highlights: garganelli with slow braised beef ragu, pizza with smoked eggplant, ricotta and peppers from the wood-burning oven, and revival pork roast with clams and chorizo over heirloom polenta.
[Photo: Eater Houston]


CK Steakhouse

Location: Houston, TX
Projected Opening: February

This project brings together the chef/owner of Houston's best independently owned steakhouse, Ronnie Killen of Killen's Steakhouse, with the owner of one of the city's best burger joints, Ricky Craig of Hubcap Grill. According to Eater Houston editor Eric Sandler, "it's not clear whose influence will dominate the menu, but whatever they come up with should be interesting."
Ronnie Killen [Photo: Gary R. Wise]

Las Vegas


Nobu Restaurant and Lounge

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Chef: Nobu Matsuhisa
Projected Opening: January

This will not only be the largest Nobu in the world (12,775 square feet), but it'll be part of a new Nobu tower at Caesars Palace for which Matsuhisa will design the room service menu.
[Photo: Caesars Entertainment]

Los Angeles


Connie & Ted's

Location: Los Angeles, California
Chef: Michael Cimarusti
Projected Opening: Late Winter/Early Spring

This one's been in the pipeline for a while. Celebrated chef Michael Cimarusti of Providence and Craig Nickoloff of Claim Jumper have taken over a West Hollywood diner and will be turning it into Connie & Ted's, a New England seafood shack serving steamer clams, clam cakes, lobster rolls, and all the food Cimarusti would eat when vacationing in Rhode Island. The original plan was to simply revamp the diner, but the project was delayed because they decided to demolish and build from scratch.
[Photo: Eater LA]



Location: Los Angeles, California
Chef: Walter Manzke
Projected Opening: TBD

The iconic Campanile is gone, and that is sad, but at least the space is in the hands of Walter Manzke, who will be turning it into a "haute French bistro" with the help of restaurateur Bill Chait.
[Photo: Eater LA]


Le Routier

Location: Los Angeles
Chefs: Ludo Lefebvre, Jon Shook, Vinny Dotolo
Projected Opening: January

Ludo Lefebvre, Jon Shook, and Vinny Dotolo are opening a "truck stop" themed restaurant inside a Melrose strip mall. Ludo told Eater LA that a recent trip to Burgundy with Anthony Bourdain inspired the idea, and that in collaboration with the Animal/Son of a Gun crew, the eatery will serve about 80% French and 20% American fare. Not fancy, but not too casual either.
[Photo: Matthew Kang]



The Cypress Room

Location: Miami, FL
Chef: Michael Schwartz
Projected Opening: TBD

Michael Schwartz is arguably Miami's most visible chef, and back in September he added more fuel to the fire by announcing the Cypress Room, "an upscale, genuine American tavern to complement Michael's fresh, simple and pure farm-to-table approach." Schwartz owns Harry's Pizzeria and flagship Michael's Genuine, and he also has a project in the works at the Raleigh Hotel.
[Photo: Eater National]


Swine Southern Table & Bar

Location: Miami, FL
Chef: Cory Lambert
Projected Opening: January/February

Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, which former Top Chef contestant Jeff McInnis has made one of South Beach's biggest and most critically acclaimed hits, gets a sister restaurant in Coral Gables. At the stoves will be Cory Lambert, who has worked at Pacific Time and under Norman Van Aken. About the "inventive Southern" menu, Eater Miami writes: "heritage breed pigs and local fish, fowl, and produce will be featured in dishes like smoked Berkshire spare ribs, bourbon molasses cured pork jowls, and Russian wild boar."
[Photo: Facebook]



Smack Shack

Location: Minneapolis, MN
Projected Opening: January 22

A 115-seat, brick-and-mortar version of the Minneapolis food truck Smack Shack. The menu will consist of "favorites from the truck—like the lobster roll and lobster mac—but will also expand its menu to include whole boiled lobsters, from a fresh lobster tank in the restaurant."
[Photo: Twitter]



Husk Nashville

Location: Nashville, TN
Projected Opening: TBD

Nashville, Tennessee is soon to get Brocked. Southern big gun Sean Brock will be opening his first outpost of Husk outside of Charleston. Back when news broke of the expansion, Brock told the Tennessean that he picked Nashville for the second Husk because "It's hands down one of the most exciting towns in the South for sure," and because it's close to purveyors he already works with like pork/ham/bacon man Allan Benton
[Photo: Yelp]

New Orleans


Square Root

Location: New Orleans, LA
Chef: Phillip Lopez
Projected Opening: January

New Orleans is getting its own intimate, tasting-menu-only restaurant courtesy of Chef Phillip Lopez. Lopez is the man behind Root, which opened last year and might be one of the most ambitious restaurants in the city. At Square Root, Lopez plans on serving ten or fifteen course tasting menus to a small group of guests. Back when the project was announced, Lopez told Eater, "I want to give Michelin guide a reason to come to New Orleans and rate us."
[Photo credit]


Unnamed Donald Link Seafood Project

Location: New Orleans, LA
Chef: Donald LInk
Projected Opening: By Jazzfest (at the earliest)

Donald Link, the man who does wonderful, generally quite meaty things at Cochon and Herbsaint, is fulfilling his dream of opening a seafood restaurant. It'll be located in the Warehouse District and, as Eater NOLA pointed out, feature "a raw bar and fish that's grilled/baked over oak and pecan wood."
[Photo: Googlemaps/JimnNicks]

New York



Location: New York, NY
Chef: Tien Ho
Projected Opening: "Winter"

After more than a year spent outside of NYC kitchens (the last one for him was David Chang's Ma Peche), Tien Ho returns to the scene with skilled restaurateur Gabe Stulman at his side. The duo settled on the concept of Montmartre, a Chelsea bistro which will feature Ho's takes on French classics. In a recent Eater Interview, the chef shared some potential ideas: "There are definitely lots in mind. Imagine all of your classic bistro dishes, just reinterpreted. For instance, I would take the cassoulet and make it lighter. Every time I've eaten a cassoulet, it destroys me. But I'm not smart or clever enough to do deconstruction or anything like that, either."
[Photo: Eater NY]



Location: New York, NY
Chefs: Andrew Carmellini, Damon Wise
Projected Opening: Early 2013

A marquee project if there ever was one: Andrew Carmellini, chef behind the popular and very good Dutch and Locanda Verde restaurants, takes over the very large space on Lafayette and Great Jones that used to house Chinatown Brasserie. His plan: a French restaurant, Lafayette, under the leadership of former Craft executive chef Damon Wise.
Rendering [Photo: via Eater NY]


The Butterfly and Ristorante Morini

Location: New York, NY
Chef: Michael White
Projected Opening: March for Butterfly, TBD for Ristorante Morini

Expansionist chef Michael White, whose crown jewel is Marea on Central Park West, is unveiling two major openings this year. Ristorante Morini will be a more formal version of his SoHo restaurant Osteria Morini, and it will occupy the former Centolire space on the Upper East Side. The Butterfly will be a Wisconsin-inspired concept with cocktails by the great Eben Freeman.
[Photo: Daniel Krieger]




Location: Philadelphia, PA
Chef: Peter Serpico
Projected Opening: March (possibly)

Peter Serpico, David Chang's former right hand man, has been wooed by super-restaurateur Stephen Starr to come to Philly. His restaurant, which will be called Serpico, is shooting for an early spring opening on South Street. Expect a Momofuku-esque environment and menu.
[Photo: VIPNYC]



Location: Philadelphia, PA
Chef: Christopher Lee
Projected Opening: Late winter

Christopher Lee, who for a time ran Aureole in New York, has returned to Philly to open Sophia on East Passyunk. Lee was once the executive chef at Philly's legendary Striped Bass, and the city is expecting more great things from him this year.
[Photo: Christopher Lee]

Portland, Maine



Location: Portland, ME
Chef: Damian Sansonetti
Projected Opening: TBD

A few months ago, Damian Sansonetti left his post as executive chef at Bar Boulud in New York to head back home to Maine. There, he's plotting a café in the Old Port, but also a restaurant named Sonnet. The restaurant takes its name from a series of pop-ups Sansonetti put on around three months ago. A location has yet to be announced.
[Photo: Facebook]

Portland, OR


Tasty N Alder

Location: Portland, OR
Chef: John Gorham
Projected Opening: Spring 2013

John Gorham expands his wildly popular Tasty N Sons brunch concept to downtown PDX, but shakes it up by promising a steakhouse-influenced menu in the evenings.
[Photo: Facebook]


Raven and Rose

Location: Portland, OR
Chef: David Padberg
Projected Opening: Spring 2013

An unknown restaurateur (Lisa Mygrant) has drawn two top names in the kitchen (former Park Kitchen chef David Padberg) and behind the bar (David Shenaut, formerly of Beaker & Flask) to open a project in a LEED-certified historic building with two separate dining rooms and concepts. It may sound a little crazy, but the buzz is good.
[Photo: Eater PDX]

San Diego


Polite Provisions and Soda & Swine

Location: San Diego, California
Projected Opening: Early 2013 for both projects

The corner of 30th Street and Adams Avenue has lucked out: it's soon getting two businesses from Consortium Holdings, who also own Craft & Commerce (that's the spot that plays bad Yelp reviews in the bathroom). Polite Provisions will stick to booze, while Soda & Swine will be a modern interpretation of the traditional American soda shop.
[Photo: Eater San Diego]

San Antonio


Arcade Midtown Kitchen

Location: San Antonio, TX
Chef: Jesse Perez
Projected Opening: January

San Antonio Express-News critic Edmund Tijerina singles this out as one of the most important openings of the year. It comes courtesy of Jesse Perez, who last cooked in San Antionio at Francesca's before spending time in Los Angeles and Atlanta. The 3,100 square-foot restaurant will serve New American cuisine, which is Perez's way of not getting pigeonholed. To see what might be in store, Perez updates Arcade's Facebook with test dishes regularly.
[Photo: Facebook]

San Francisco


Hi Lo Barbecue

Location: San Francisco, CA
Chefs: Scott Youkilis, Ryan Ostler
Projected Opening: "Early 2013"

The great minds behind Maverick and Hog & Rocks are getting ready to unleash this German beer hall and counter-service barbecue concept pretty darn soon. Eater SF had a look at the opening menu, which highlights what barbecue specialist Ryan Ostler calls "Northern California style barbecue." That, to him, represents "a lighter, more thoughtful approach to barbecue where respect is given to the ingredients, their provenance, and the people who bring them to the table."
[Photo: Restaurant Rendering via Grub Street]



Location: Oakland, CA
Chef: Paul Canales
Projected Opening: January

A 4,000 square-foot Oakland space will house Duende, an 84-seat tapas and raciones concept from former Oliveto chef Paul Canales. Rotating art and music acts are also a big part of the project.
[Photo: Facebook]



Bar Sajor and London Plane

Location: Seattle, WA
Chef: Matt Dillon
Projected Opening: Early 2013 for Bar Sajor, Spring for London Plane

Sitka + Spruce chef and Beard-winner Matt Dillon will open two projects in 2013 that aim to revitalize Seattle's Pioneer Square. Bar Sajor, a Mediterranean concept, will open first. It will be followed by London Plane, which will be a bakery for Dillon's restaurants with a retail component.
[Photo: James Beard Foundation]


Il Corvo

Location: Seattle, WA
Chef: Mike Easton
Projected Opening: January 7

After closing Il Corvo several months ago, Mike Easton returns to feed his hungry devotées with Il Corvo Pasta. Eater Seattle notes that the "new space is larger, but still small-ish, and is noticeably much warmer than the old Il Corvo, where it wasn't so much Easton's aesthetic as it was his Procopio Gelato landlord's."
[Photo: Eater Seattle]

Washington, DC



Location: Washington, DC
Chef: Katsuya Fukushima
Projected Opening: January

The acclaimed co-owner and creative director Daisuke Utagawa of Sushiko has been building this project for a while, and now there's finally an opening in sight. On the ground floor, there'll be a noodle shop, and on the second floor, an izakaya. Former José Andrés operative Katsuya Fukushima is on board as partner and chef.
[Photo: Facebook]

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