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Across the nation, restaurateurs are gearing up to unleash their new concepts upon the world in what is bound to be a busy spring and summer restaurant opening season. Atlanta's Ford Fry is just days away from opening the doors to a restaurant with a 24-foot open fire hearth (King + Duke), while hometown hero Tom Douglas is driving Seattle wild with anticipation for his new restaurant (Tanaka-san). There are also plenty of straight-up expansions: César Ramirez is opening a second location of his enormously successful Brooklyn restaurant (Brooklyn Fare Manhattan), Sean Brock and team are taking their talents to Tennessee (Husk Nashville), and Baltimore is getting some love from a Brooklyn pizzamaker (Paulie Gee's Hampden). And there are so many more, right this way:



King + Duke

Location: Atlanta, GA
Chef: Ford Fry
Projected Opening: May 13

The anticipation is drawing to a close for the opening of Ford Fry's latest Atlanta outpost, King + Duke. This restaurant is mere days away from throwing open its doors to reveal the wood-burning hearth inside. Chef Joe Schafer recently told Eater Atlanta that "just about every item [from the menu] is coming out of this big 24-foot open fire hearth." And, as Fry himself explained to Eater National last fall, "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." Expect plates that focus on proteins, lots of vegetarian sides and a sizable patio.

King + Duke patio. [Photo: Alex Lassiter]




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

Austin is just bonkers for Top Chef Texas winner Paul Qui — he even has his own official day thanks to the Texas state legislature — so it's no surprise that one of the season's most anticipated openings is that of his eponymous Qui. As has been noted, Qui will combine a 50-seat, no-reservations dining room with a 10-seat tasting room for which the chef is reportedly looking into using an Alinea-style ticketing system. Chicago superstar bartender Michael Simon has joined the restaurant, which should be opening soon.

A rendering of Qui. [Photo: a parallel architecture]



Location: Austin, TX
Chef: Andrew Francisco
Projected Opening: Early summer

Developer Bridget Dunlop swore to "take on Austin" with her forthcoming east side bistro Mettle, which is finally slated to drop in the early summer. Chef Andrew Francisco left his post as chef de cuisine at the upscale-rustic Olivia to helm the kitchen at Mettle. This bistro menu includes dishes such as beef tongue tacos, hamachi & chicken skin skewers, crispy chicken confit and spaghetti with braised pork, poached egg, duck and star anise.

[Photo: Facebook]



Paulie Gee's Hampden

Location: Baltimore, MD
Chef: Paulie Giannone/Pizzablogger
Projected Opening: Late spring or "asap"

Brooklyn's beloved piemaker Paulie Giannone is teaming up with the anonymous Pizzablogger on a new location a little bit further south in Baltimore, MD. Paulie Gee's Hampden will be a menu collaboration between the two pizzamakers and there are plans for two pizza ovens in the new space. Neighbors have been begging on Facebook for this spot to open and while the official answer is late spring, the unofficial answer is "ASAP."

[Photo: Facebook]




Location: Somerville, MA
Chef: Tim Wiechmann
Projected Opening: May 15

The people of Boston went wild this week when forthcoming Union Square restaurant Bronwyn revealed its plans to open on May 15. Cambridge restaurateurs Tim and Bronwyn Wiechmann are behind this newcomer, which Eater Boston reports "will feature a menu of Central and Eastern-European cuisine including breads, appetizers, sausage, noodles, entrees, side dishes and desserts." This means dark beer soup, foie gras knishes, Riesling sauerkraut and more.

[Photo: Facebook]



Location: Brookline, MA
Chef: Tim Maslow
Projected Opening: Early July

Tim Maslow and the team at Strip-T's are gearing up to open their latest project Ribelle in early July, per Maslow himself. This second restaurant will be Italian influenced serving things like Ibérico fatback as "meat glass," according to Boston Magazine. Ribelle is taking over the Tamarind Bay space, which closes in Brookline this coming weekend, so expect a pretty quick buildout since this is opening in July.

Tamarind Bay [Photo: Yelp/uljari s.] Tim Maslow [Photo: Sophia Tsakmaklis]



Coda del Pesce

Location: Charleston, SC
Chef: Kevin Vedrinski
Projected Opening: Memorial Day

Kevin Vedrinski has long earned accolades for his Italian cooking at Trattoria Lucca, and now he's opening up another spot named Coda del Pesce. Expected to hit Isle of Palms around Memorial Day, Coda del Pesce is an Italian seafood restaurant with 70 seats, a bar, a deck, and an ocean view. Beyond that focus on fresh and local seafood, Eater Charleston reports the restaurant will offer "house-made pasta and crudo and an all-Italian wine list."

[Photo: Facebook]




Location: Chicago, IL
Owner: Brendan Sodikoff
Projected Opening: July

Brendan Sodikoff — the man behind Au Cheval, Bavette's, Maude's Liquor Bar and more — says he's about 60 days away from opening his Jewish deli concept Dillman's in Chicago. Dillman's will be open all day with a coffee bar and bakery in the day and then a full restaurant in the evening, serving all the traditional deli items like pickled herring matzo ball soup, corned beef, pastrami, pickles, and house-made caraway rye bread. Oh, and bagels. Sodikoff told Eater Chicago that he's aiming for "that bagel culture—people that are rolling them by hand and throwing them in the water and coming out of the oven really hot. When you run out, you run out."

Brendan Sodikoff [Photo: Twitter]


Parson's Chicken & Fish

Location: Chicago, IL
Chef: Hunter Moore
Projected Opening: Any day now

The team behind Longman & Eagle is getting close to the opening of their latest concept, Parson's Chicken & Fish, helmed by chef Hunter Moore. Eater Chicago notes that the menu will have raw, fresh and fried sections with dishes such as sushi, chilled French onion soup, seafood salads, hush puppies and, of course, fried chicken and fish. There will also be cocktails, beer and a Negroni slushy.

[Photo: Facebook]



Tanoshi Ramen

Location: Dallas, TX
Restaurateurs: Joey and Chi Le
Projected Opening: Summer

Dallas is on the verge of joining the ramen boom that has taken America by storm with the highly anticipated summer opening of Tanoshi Ramen. Husband and wife team Joey and Chi Le — who also own Wicked Po Boys — are behind this new Deep Ellum spot. They told Eater Dallas back in December that Tanoshi Ramen's noodles will be made in-house and that they are also focusing on Asian street food and late night hours on the weekends. Though construction continues, a rep says the restaurant is on for a summer opening.

[Photo: Eater Dallas]




Location: Houston, TX
Owners: Ryan Pera and Morgan Weber
Projected Opening: Late summer

Houston is very much looking forward to the late summer arrival of Coltivare, the latest from Revival Market owners Ryan Pera and Morgan Weber. Pera says they're finishing up their last round of permitting and are about to start building the Italian restaurant that will offer wood-oven fired pizzas, house-made pastas, charcuterie and ingredients taken from an adjacent 3,000-square-foot garden.

[Photo: Eater Houston]

Las Vegas


Pub 1842

Location: Las Vegas, NV
Owner: Michael Mina
Projected Opening: June

The MGM Grand in Las Vegas is undergoing some serious changes and one of these would be restaurateur Michael Mina swapping his restaurant Seablue for Pub 1842. Eater Vegas reports that this new Mina concept is going to be a gastropub with " snacks, shellfish, sausage and burgers and a hearty focus on beer" when it opens in the coming months. These burgers include peanut butter burgers with bacon jam and pimento cheese, as well as Korean barbecue salmon burgers. So what does the 1842 stand for? Well, some plywood has revealed that it was the year Pilsner was invented, as well as other historical firsts.

Pub 1842 [Photo: Bradley Martin]



Location: Las Vegas, NV
Chef: Shawn McClain
Projected Opening: May

Las Vegas is preparing itself for its second concept from chef Shawn McClain, this time a pizzeria by the name of Five50 destined for Aria. This will be East Coast-style pizza with a tap full of American craft beers and a dining room designed by famed David Rockwell that Eater Vegas notes "includes wood-fired ovens, a central bar, communal tables and a walk-up slice counter for guests on the go."

FIVE50 Pizza Bar [Photo: Chelsea McManus]

Los Angeles


Connie & Ted's

Location: Los Angeles, CA
Chef: Michael Cimarusti
Projected Opening: May

Chef Michael Cimarusti is on the verge of opening his new seafood-centric concept Connie & Ted's in West Hollywood this month in a building that Eater LA describes as the "seafood shack of the future." Despite the untraditional digs, the Providence chef intends to focus on the classics such as lobster rolls, fried fish sandwiches, clam steamers and more. Also: burgers and steaks.

[Photo: Eater LA]



El Camino

Location: Louisville, KY
Owner: Shawn Cantley
Projected Opening: Second week of August

El Camino inches closer to its August opening date in Louisville amid the building anticipation for its Mexican street food, tiki drink menu, a killer patio, and surf music spinning on a turntable. Eater Louisville got a look inside the space during its buildout and talks to co-owner Shawn Cantley, who promises this one will be open in August.

[Photo: Eater Louisville]



Bar Lorenzo

Location: Miami, FL
Chef: Tony Mantuano
Projected Opening: Spiaggia chef, partner and Top Chef Masters contestant Tony Mantuano is opening his first Miami restaurant Bar Lorenzo in late Summer. The plan is to import a wood-oven stove from Italy and for the restaurant to grow its own herbs and tomatoes in a rooftop garden. Though the restaurant was originally slated for a spring opening, the Spiaggia website bio for Mantuano now indicates that this "casual, elegant Italian restaurant" will open in late summer.




Pig Ate My Pizza

Location: Robbinsdale, MN
Chef/Owners: Mike Brown, James Winberg, and Bob Gerken
Projected Opening: May 10

This project from the Travail team is opening in the now-shuttered Travail space as they look to move that beloved restaurant to a new location. Pig Ate My Pizza is, clearly, a pizzeria, but it also will have housemade charcuterie and perhaps some charcuterie-topped pizza on the menu. According to Eater Minneapolis, there's also some rumblings of a pan-skillet brioche deep-dish pie. Here's an extensive look inside.

[Photo: Katie Cannon]



Husk Nashville

Location: Nashville, TN
Chef: Sean Brock
Projected Opening: May 20

Watch out, Nashville, because Sean Brock and the Neighborhood Dining Group are less than two weeks away from opening this sister restaurant to Charleston heavyweight Husk. The opening date has been set for May 20, and Charleston chef Morgan McGlone is in place as chef de cuisine alongside pastry chef Lisa Donovan. Expect to see some epic fried chicken coming out of the kitchen in this renovated historic home.

[Photo: Twitter]

New Orleans


Square Root

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

Root chef Phillip Lopez plans to raise the stakes of the New Orleans dining scene with the August opening of his second restaurant, Square Root. Set in the Lower Garden District, this restaurant will feature an open kitchen and a nine-to-ten course tasting menu only in its downstairs area. Upstairs, there will be a bar and lounge with small plates and charcuterie. This restaurant has some serious ambition, which Lopez has made clear by saying, "I want to give Michelin guide a reason to come to New Orleans and rate us."

[Photo: Root]

New York


Brooklyn Fare Manhattan

Location: New York, NY
Chef: César Ramirez
Projected Opening: Late spring/early summer

César Ramirez is bringing his monster grocery store/acclaimed restaurant Brooklyn Fare into Manhattan in the next few months, helmed by Boulder chef Jared Sippel. This new Hells Kitchen location will have 65 seats and a chef's table in the wine cellar, plus reportedly an emphasis on pasta on a menu with French, Italian and Japanese influences.

[Photos: Eater NY]


The Elm

Location: Brooklyn, NY
Chef: Paul Liebrandt
Projected Opening: June

Two-Michelin-starred chef Paul Liebrandt is headed to Williamsburg in the coming months to open The Elm inside the King & Grove Hotel. This is a more casual restaurant than his fine dining wonder Corton, hoping to draw in regulars who will want to eat there more than once a week. Corton vet Mazen Mustafa will lead the kitchen when it opens in the next couple months.

Paul Liebrandt [Photo: Daniel Krieger]


Ivan Ramen

Location: New York, NY
Chef: Ivan Orkin
Projected Opening: Mid-June

Ivan Orkin is storming New York City with the ramen that has gained him massive acclaim in Tokyo, starting with Ivan Ramen on the Lower East Side. The native New Yorker might have made a name off of his ramen in Japan, but he told Eater NY last year that he doesn't intend to rest on his laurels but instead has tweaked the noodles and recipes to appeal to New Yorkers. There will also be bar bites at Ivan Ramen when it opens in June.

Ivan Orkin [Photo: Daniel Krieger]



Location: New York, NY
Chef: Michael White
Projected Opening: May 15

Michael White's Altamarea Group is pretty busy these days and among their many projects is Costata, headed to the very same spot in Soho where White first gained acclaim. Costata is going to be a steakhouse run by executive chef PJ Calapa and among the dishes the team has been tweeting from the menu is an amazing Tomahawk Chop.

Michael White [Photo: Daniel Krieger]



Location: New York, NY
Chefs: Marc Forgione, Phet Schwader
Projected Opening: July
Iron Chef Marc Forgione is opening a second New York City restaurant this summer in partnership with executive chef Phet Schwader. Kio will be a Laotian restaurant with a meat-heavy menu full of shared plates. It'll also have a lower price point than Forgione's flagship in Tribeca.

Marc Forgione [Photo]



Box and Bells

Location: Oakland, CA
Chef: James Syhabout
Projected Opening: Summer

Michelin-starred Commis chef James Syhabout announced last fall that he had snapped up some restaurant space in Oakland for Box and Bells. Eater SF notes, "The menu will include the kind of thing served for staff meal at Commis: country style pork terrine, fried chicken with raw oyster mayonaisse, and aged cote du bouef for two with fricasse of snails." They've been doing a series of preview dinners that have only served to amp up the anticipation.




Location: Philadelphia, PA
Chef: Peter Serpico
Projected Opening: Late May/early June

Momofuku alum Peter Serpico picked up and moved to Philadelphia late last year with plans to open a new concept with Philly restaurateur Stephen Starr. His 52-seat eponymous Serpico is aiming for a late May or early June opening. It couldn't come any sooner for the Philadelphia dining public that is anxious to get into a restaurant from David Chang's right-hand man.



Pizzeria Vetri

Location: Philadelphia, PA
Chef: Marc Vetri
Projected Opening: Summer

Philadelphia superstar Marc Vetri gave the city yet another thing to be excited about when he tweeted the lease for his new Pizzeria Vetri back in February. Here, Vetri and chef Brad Spence will showcase the pies that have been an enormous hit at Osteria. The custom pizza oven has been installed and a logo has been selected. No exact date yet, but a spokesperson confirms that they are ON for the summer.


Portland, OR


Sen Yai

Location: Portland, OR
Chef: Andy Ricker
Projected Opening: May

Pok Pok's Andy Ricker is at it again, this time opening up a Thai noodle house named Sen Yai in Portland. Though he had been planning a curry house for this place, that plan was scrapped a few months ago to make way for this concept that will offer three meals a deal (including Thai breakfast), some of Pok Pok's lunch items, a full bar and 15-18 types of noodles.

[Photo: Pok Pok]


Roman Candle

Location: Portland, OR
Owner: Duane Sorenson
Projected Opening: June

Stumptown founder Duane Sorenson is gearing up to open a Roman-style pizzeria serving up pizza bianca-style flatbreads. The 32-seat restaurant will also be a bakery with early morning hours to offer a daily breakfast and a full in-house bread program.

Duane Sorenson [Photo: Nowness]

San Diego


Sea & Smoke

Location: San Diego, CA
Owner: Matt Gordon
Projected Opening: Late June, early July

Urban Solace owner Matt Gordon's next project is Sea & Smoke, which he says he expects to hit San Diego in late June or early July. Eater San Diego has been following the restaurant's every move, from Gordon's plans for a dining room that is "mid-century modern—meets—Parisian brasserie" to the reveal of an early menu that makes good use of the wood-fired oven. Sea & Smoke will also offer breakfast and lunch.

[Photo: Candice Woo]

San Francisco



Location: San Francisco, CA
Chef: Sean Baker
Projected Opening: Late summer

The team behind Berkeley's immensely popular Gather is gearing up to open their second place, this time in San Francisco. Chef Sean Baker told Eater SF that the new restaurant will still have Gather's whole-animal program and emphasis on vegetables, but will add house-cured meats and "a more detail-oriented bill of fare." The contemporary casual California restaurant — open nightly for dinner and for brunch on weekends — will also have a full bar and sidewalk seating.

[Photo from EBX and Aubrie Pick]




Location: Seattle, WA
Chef: Tom Douglas, Eric Tanaka
Projected Opening: Summer

Beloved Seattle chef and restaurateur Tom Douglas is aiming for a summer opening for his slew of concepts headed to the Via6 complex. Among these is Tanaka-san, inspired by partner and co-executive chef Eric Tanaka, which will be an Asian-fusion restaurant serving things like ramen, twice-fried chicken wings, dumplings, tea-smoked pressed duck, and robata skewers. Seattleites had the opportunity to try some of these dishes in spring pop-up dinners.

[Photo: S. Pratt]



Location: Seattle, WA
Owner: Josh Henderson
Projected Opening: July/August

It's a good thing Skillet's Josh Henderson is aiming to open Westward before the summer is out because this forthcoming space has a killer 1,000-square-foot deck overlooking Lake Union and the city itself. Westward will be a full-service restaurant and bar that will also serve brunch on the weekends. Next door will be a grocery and oyster bar named Little Gull. If that's not enough, Henderson is also expected to open another Skillet Diner and Hollywood Tavern in Woodinville this summer.

Westward and Little Gull. [Photo]

Washington, DC


Doi Moi

Location: Washington, DC
Key Players: Mark Kuller and Haidar Karoum.
Projected Opening: Summer

Mark Kuller and the team behind local favorites Proof and Estadio are getting ready to launch their third project this summer, this time a Southeast Asian restaurant named Doi Moi. Karoum's menu will incorporate Vietnamese and Thai cooking, as inspired by street stands, stalls and storefronts, per Eater DC. This concept will also have its own cocktail bar named 2 Birds 1 Stone directed by talented barman Adam Bernbach.

Mark Kuller [Photo: R. Lopez]



Location: Washington, DC
Chef: Kyle Bailey
Projected Opening: August

The end of baseball season will bring a highly anticipated development within striking distance of Nationals Park. The Neighborhood Restaurant Group plans to open its full-scale production brewery Bluejacket near the ballpark this August, complete with an enormous 200-seat restaurant helmed by Birch & Barley chef Kyle Bailey.

[Photo: Facebook]

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