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The 48 Most Anticipated Openings of Summer 2014

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The country is in full swing of Summer restaurant opening season, and as usual, there are a lot of exciting newcomers on the way in cities from Atlanta to Washington, DC to Seattle.

Some of these openings are imminent: Jon Shook, Vinny Dotolo, and Ludo Lefebvre are going to be opening their next collaboration any week now (Petit Trois), while Bryan Voltaggio is expanding one of his DC concepts to Baltimore this very weekend (Aggio). Over in Houston, Justin Turner is turning his food truck into a brick-and-mortar restaurant next week (Bernie's Burger Bus), and former Chanterelle chef David Waltuck is poised to charm New York City all over again in a few days (élan).

There are also a lot of expansions and new projects from familiar faces on this list. Legendary pizzaiolo Chris Bianco is bringing his equally legendary Phoenix pizzeria to Tucson (Pizzeria Bianco), St. Louis chef Kevin Nashan is opening his second restaurant after 10 years at Sidney Street Cafe (The Peacemaker), Benu chef Corey Lee is about to hit San Francisco with a French-inspired bistro (Monsieur Benjamin), and Mike Solomonov is hitting Philadelphia with two new restaurants (Dizengoff and Abe Fisher). New York City is also going to be full of expansions from the likes of the Torrisi boys (Dirty French), Enrique Olvera (Cosme), Cesar Ramirez (Brooklyn Fare Manhattan), and the Union Square Hospitality Group (Marta).

Chicago is also set to have a busy Summer with new restaurants and concepts from big guns such as Rick Bayless (XOCO Wicker Park), Paul Kahan (Untitled Project), and Tony Mantuano (River Roast). Another Chicago chef, Tony Hu, will make his Vegas debut in August (Lao Sze Chuan), around the same time that the SLS will open its collection of buzzy restaurants, including two from José Andrés (Bazaar Meat and Ku Noodle). Here now, the full list:


Eli Kirshtein. [Photo: Austen Risolvato]

The Luminary

Location: Krog Street Market
Chef: Eli Kirshtein
Projected Opening: July 2014
People in Atlanta are wildly excited for the opening of the Krog Street Market this year, including this restaurant from Top Chef alum Eli Kirshtein. The Luminary will be an American brasserie that Eater Atlanta writes, "will feature regionalized and updated bistro fare and includes a focus on raw bar offerings." There's also plenty of buzz for other tenants in the soon-to-open market, including a new restaurant from local butchers (The Cockentrice), and two places from the folks behind The General Muir: a sandwich shop (Fred's Meat and Bread), and a modern Middle Eastern restaurant (Yalla). So do look out for those, too.

[Photo: Facebook]


Location: 261 19th Street NW, Atlanta, GA
Chef: Ron Eyester
Projected Opening: Summer 2014
This Summer, chef Ron Eyester is opening a diner named Diner in Atlantic Station, his first restaurant outside of the Morningside neighborhood whose dining scene he has helped cultivate with restaurants such as Rosebud, Timone's, and The Family Dog. Eyester told Eater Atlanta last year that the forthcoming restaurant will offer a little bit of everything, including corned beef, pot roast, Southern food, housemade sodas, and more.


Michael Fojtasek and Grae Nonas, Olamaie, Austin, TX. [Photo: Giant Noise]


Location: 1610 San Antonio Street, Austin TX 78701
Chefs: Michael Fojtasek, Grae Nonas
Projected Opening: Mid-Summer 2014
It's been a long road for Austin's forthcoming modern Southern restaurant, but Olamaie's owners are now eying a mid-Summer opening with hiring currently underway. Co-executive chefs Michael Fojtasek and Grae Nonas announced Olamaie last Summer, and a series of pop-up dinners has kept excitement levels high ever since.


Aggio, Washington, DC. [Photo: R. Lopez]


Location: 614 Water Street, Baltimore, MD
Chef: Bryan Voltaggio
Projected Opening: June 28, 2014
Bryan Voltaggio opened his Italian restaurant-within-a-restaurant Aggio earlier this year inside his Washington, DC restaurant Range — and now he is on the verge of opening a second outpost of the concept in Baltimore. A press release describes Aggio as a "relaxed fine-dining restaurant," offering dishes like a blue crab pasta that involves spinach tagliatelle, buttered popcorn, and Voltaggio's spin on Old Bay.


Bastille Kitchen, Boston, MA. [Photo: Katie Chudy]

Bastille Kitchen

Location: 49 Melcher St, Boston, MA
Owner/chef: Seth Greenberg/Adam Kube
Projected Opening: Soon

Mistral co-owner Seth Greenberg is getting closer to opening Bastille Kitchen, an 11,000-square-foot bistro that Eater Boston reports will focus on Southern French cuisine. Former Ritz-Carlton chef Adam Kube will be in charge of the kitchen at Bastille Kitchen.


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Artisan Meat Share

Location: 33 Spring Street, Charleston, SC
Chef: Craig Deihl
Projected Opening: August 2014
Cypress chef Craig Deihl is working on bringing a sandwich and butcher shop to Charleston this Summer, telling Eater he hopes to open sometime in the middle to end of August. Eater Charleston, which named this one of its openings to watch this Summer, reports that the menu items will include burgers, breakfast sandwiches, a "Pâté Melt," and Deihl's charcuterie.


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XOCO Wicker Park

Location: 1471 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL
Chef: Rick Bayless
Projected Opening: Late July 2014
The Wicker Park outpost of Chicago chef Rick Bayless' XOCO restaurant has about a month to go, according to Eater Chicago. As reported in the Fall, this new location will offer the same Mexican street food and snacks as the original location in River North, but will offer a larger space with table service and a bar. After that, keep an eye out for Bayless' other forthcoming project, details of which remain a mystery.

[Photo: Eater Chicago]

Untitled Paul Kahan Project

Location: 1545 N. Damen Avenue, Chicago, IL
Partners: Paul Kahan
Projected Opening: August 2014
Chicago chef and restaurateur Paul Kahan and his One Off Hospitality group are at it again this Summer with a mysterious new project in Wicker Park. The only details Kahan shared with Eater last week were that it'll be "a little 42-seat diner, kind of Tex-Mex" that will be connected to his popular restaurant Big Star. The newcomer should open in August. Eater Chicago has some pictures of the space.

[Photo: Facebook]

River Roast

Location: 315 N. La Salle Street, Chicago, IL
Partners: Tony Mantuano
Projected Opening: July 17, 2014
James Beard Award-winning Chicago chef Tony Mantuano is about to hit the city with a new restaurant perched on the Chicago River. Mantuano told Eater late last year that the restaurant was inspired by the boom of excellent roast houses in London. And so it follows that the restaurant — which will serve roast chicken, fish, and beef — will be named River Roast.


[Photo: Brittany Graham Photography]


Location: 1903 Ford Dr Cleveland, OH 44106
Chef: Jonathon Sawyer
Projected Opening: July 8
Cleveland's acclaimed chef Jonathon Sawyer and his business partner wife Amelia are expanding their restaurant empire this Spring with the opening of Trentina. Funded in part by Kickstarter, the restaurant will highlight the cuisine of Northern Italy's Trentino province. Here, take a look inside at what Sawyer describes as its "modern opulent" dining room.


[Photo: Facebook]

Proof + Pantry

Location: 1722 Routh Street, Dallas, TX 75201
Owner: Michael Martensen
Projected Opening: Late July 2014
Cocktail mastermind Michael Martensen tells Eater Dallas editor Whitney Fillon that his new hospitality group Misery Loves Co. is aiming to open Proof + Pantry by the end of July. As reported earlier, the American restaurant and bar will offer a seasonal menu, plenty of cocktails, and a design influenced by "an industrial rustic pantry" when it opens at One Arts Plaza.


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Location: 2900 West 25th Avenue, Denver, CO
Chef: Brian Laird
Projected Opening: Summer 2014
Construction has been underway for quite some time at chef Brian Laird's highly anticipated new restaurant Sarto's, but it looks like the end is in sight. Eater Denver reports that the Italian restaurant already has its artisan oven installed and expects to see small bites and snacks coming out of its dedicated cicchetti station "later this Summer."

Denver Union Station. [Rendering: Official Site]; Jennifer Jasinski. [Photo: Official]

Stoic & Genuine

Location: Union Station
Chefs: Jennifer Jasinski
Projected Opening: July 8, 2014
One of Eater Denver's most anticipated openings of the year, Stoic & Genuine is the latest project from James Beard Award-winning chef Jennifer Jasinski and her business partner Beth Gruitch. Opening in Denver's Union Station, this seafood restaurant will call to mind New York's Grand Central Oyster Bar with a selection of raw oysters, lobster, clam rolls, smoked fish, and more.


[Photo: Facebook]

Wright & Co.

Location: 1500 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI
Partners: Marc Djozlija and Dave Kwiatkowski
Projected Opening: Summer 2014
This Summer looks to be it for the forthcoming Wright & Co. Eater Detroit has been tracking this new restaurant's progress closely, noting that the menu will offer small plates such as tuna tartare, chilled shrimp with avocado mousse, and "a killer cocktail program" considering co-owner Dave Kwiatkowski's background as a mastermind of cocktail den Sugar House.


[Photo: Facebook]

Pax Americana

Location: 4319 Monstrose Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77006
Partners: Adam Dorris and Plinio Sandalio
Projected Opening: Summer 2014
Earlier this week, the people of Houston learned of a major new restaurant headed their way: Pax Americana, from Adam Dorris and Plinio Sandalio. Eater Houston reports that the frequently changing menu with include shareable dishes, while the wine bar next door will become associated with the new restaurant when it opens "possibly in August."

[Photo: berniesburgerbus/Instagram]

Bernie's Burger Bus

Location: 5407 Bellaire Blvd, Bellaire, TX
Chef: Justin Turner
Projected Opening: Next Week
Since it debuted in 2010, people in Houston continue to just lose their minds over the burgers at chef Justin Turner's food truck, Bernie's Burger Bus. Next week, they'll be able to lose their minds all over again when this food truck goes brick-and-mortar with this location in Bellaire that includes a school bus as part of its decor. Eater Houston reports that the menu items here will include poutine, boozy milkshakes, beer, and some alternatives to beef patties.

Las Vegas

Bazaar Meat. [Rendering: Official]

SLS Vegas

Location: 2535 Las Vegas Boulevard S., Las Vegas, NV
Chef: Various
Projected Opening: August 2014
On August 23rd, the SLS resort will open in Vegas and bring with it a whole slew of highly anticipated restaurants. Eater Vegas reports that OpenTable is already accepting reservations for Bazaar Meat by José Andrés, Cleo, Katsuya, Ku Noodle, and the Griddle Cafe starting August 30. Other food options here include the fast-casual Umami Burger and 800 Degrees Pizza.

Lao Sze Chuan, Chicago. [Photo: Official]

Lao Sze Chuan

Location: 4321 W. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV
Chef: Tony Hu
Projected Opening: August 2014
Chicago-based empire-builder Tony Hu is set to expand to Las Vegas this Summer with an outpost of his Sichuan restaurant Lao Sze Chuan. Eater Vegas hears that the restaurant is planning to open by the end of August and notes that the original location of Lao Sze Chuan in Chicago has earned a Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand award in 2012 and 2013.

Elizabeth Blau and Kim Canteenwalla [Photo: Bill Milne]


Location: 440 S. Rampart Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV
Partners: Elizabeth Blau and Kim Canteenwalla
Projected Opening: Late August 2014
Husband-and-wife restaurateur team Elizabeth Blau and Kim Canteenwalla are gearing up to open Made.LV in Tivoli Village in late August, per Eater Vegas editor Susan Stapleton. As reported earlier, the restaurant will offer retro arcade games and a bocce court while "Canteenwalla plans a comfort food menu while Blau plans to add her own healthy touch to dishes."

Los Angeles

Petit Trois. [Photo: @chefludo]

Petit Trois

Location: 718 N Highland Ave Los Angeles, CA 90038
Chefs: Ludo Lefebvre, Jon Shook, Vinny Dotolo
Projected Opening: Imminently
Building upon the enormous success of Trois Mec, chefs and restaurateurs Ludo Lefebvre, Jon Shook, and Vinny Dotolo have announced plans for a second restaurant just next door. Shook and Dotolo tell Eater that Petit Trois should open within the next couple of weeks. Meanwhile, Eater LA notes that this will be a "wine bar-type experience serving well-executed French cuisine."

[Photo: Official Site]


Location: 8022 W. Third Street, Los Angeles, CA
Partners: Vic Casanova and Seth Glassman
Projected Opening: Summer 2014
The upcoming Pistola "will be modeled after a 1950s NY steakhouse with Italian influences," according to Eater LA, which also describes this as one of LA's most anticipated restaurant openings of the year. Pasta, steaks, seafood, classic cocktails, and an elegant setting lie ahead when Pistola throws open its doors this Summer, as its website proclaims.

[Photo: Eater LA]

Big Gay Ice Cream

Location: 124 W. 9th Street, Los Angeles, CA
Owners: Doug Quint and Bryan Petroff
Projected Opening: Summer 2014
After teasing Los Angelenos with a food truck pop-up, Big Gay Ice Cream is just about ready to start serving the city full-time this Summer. Eater LA reports that the ice cream shop is going into what is "soon to become the hottest block" in Downtown LA, with unicorns in the design scheme and massive lines sure to follow. UPDATE 6/30: Co-owner Bryan Petroff tells Eater that construction delays mean that Big Gay Ice Cream is now eying a September opening in LA, as well as the newly announced Philadelphia location.

Madison, WI

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Location: 10 N. Livingston Street, Madison, WI
Chef: Tory Miller
Projected Opening: Late August 2014
James Beard Award-winning Madison chef Tory Miller is gearing up to open his third restaurant, Sujeo, later this Summer. The Capital Times reports that Miller's new restaurant will have a few different spaces and menus, including a noodle bar offering street food. There are also thoughts of a dim sum menu served on carts, as well as dishes like dandan noodles, banh mi sandwiches, and barbecued chicken and pork.


Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach. [Photo: Official Site]

Morimoto South Beach

Location: 1801 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL
Chef: Masaharu Morimoto
Projected Opening: August 2014
Miami has longed for Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto to open up shop along its shores and, lo and behold, this year that dream is coming true. Morimoto is slated to open at the Shelborne Wyndham Grand in South Beach serving contemporary Japanese cuisine. Per Eater Miami editor Ana Heretoiu, Morimoto is aiming to open up in August.


[Photo: Facebook]


Location: 3001 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
Chef: Tim McKee
Projected Opening: July 2014
Chef Tim McKee took over Minneapolis' Uptown Cafeteria space last month with plans to renovate and replace it with a new restaurant named Libertine. Eater Minneapolis reports that the restaurant will be somewhat of a modern steakhouse, while Mpls. St. Paul Magazine offers a peek at the menu that includes various cuts of beef, pork, and lamb, as well as oysters, fish, chicken, and vegetarian options like soba noodles and caramelized cauliflower.


[Photo: Facebook]

Chauhan Ale & Masala House

Location: 123 12th Avenue N, Nashville, TN
Restaurateur: Maneet Chauhan
Projected Opening: August 2014
Chef and Chopped judge Maneet Chauhan is behind one of Nashville's big openings this year, Chauhan Ale & Masala House. Eater Nashville reports that the restaurant will mainly serve a sort of global fusion menu, with a portion of that dedicated to traditional Indian food. As its name suggests, beer will be the beverage focus here as the restaurant cruises toward an August opening.

New York City

Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi, Jeff Zalaznick [Photo: Daniel Krieger]

Dirty French

Location: 180 Ludlow Street, New York, NY
Partners: Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi, and Jeff Zalaznick
Projected Opening: July 2014
The Torrisi team is hitting New York City with yet another highly anticipated restaurant in July with the debut of Dirty French. Eater NY reports that the French bistro will offer dishes such as roast chicken, lamb carpaccio with apricots and goat cheese, and more. Then there's more on the way from this prolific team of restaurateurs.

Brooklyn Fare. [Photo: Douglas Kim/Facebook]

Brooklyn Fare Manhattan

Location: 431-39 W 37th St., New York, NY
Chefs: Cesar Ramirez, Jared Sippel
Projected Opening: Summer 2014
Cesar Ramirez's upcoming Brooklyn Fare Manhattan is what Eater NY calls "the most anticipated Hell's Kitchen restaurant of all time." Jared Sippel, formerly of Frasca Food & Wine, is running the kitchen here with a menu "heavily influenced by France and Italy." A floor plans reveals a handful of tables, counter seating for 15, and a garden area/wine bar.

Danny Meyer, Nick Anderer, and Terry Coughlin. [Photo: Daniel Krieger]


Location: 29 East 29th Street, New York, NY
Key Players: Danny Meyer, Terry Coughlin, and Nick Anderer
Projected Opening: August 2014
The Maialino team within Danny Meyer's Union Square Hospitality Group is working on a brand new all-day pizza restaurant for the recently rebranded Martha Washington Hotel. According to Eater NY, Marta will be offering a menu that makes strong use of its two wood-burning pizza ovens, and eight-foot open-fire grill.

Enrique Olvera of Mexico City's Pujol and a forthcoming restaurant in New York City. [Photo: Fiamma Piacentini]


Location: 35 E. 21st Street, New York, NY
Chef: Enrique Olvera
Projected Opening: Summer 2014
Mexico City chef Enrique Olvera — he of the world-renowned restaurant Pujol — is headed to New York City this year to amp up the Mexican food game there in a big way. Olvera's first New York City restaurant will take a casual approach to Mexican cuisine, and it will come along with a Brooklyn tortilleria. Olvera last told Eater that he was aiming to open Cosme in June, so it should be coming up soon.

Chef David Waltuck will be opening élan in the former Veritas space. [Photos: Daniel Krieger]


Location: 43 East 20th St., New York, NY
Chef: David Waltuck
Projected Opening: June 30, 2014
David Waltuck, chef of the beloved and shuttered Chanterelle, announced earlier this year that he plans to open a new restaurant in 2014. Waltuck told Eater NY back in February that élan will offer his "contemporary cuisine rooted in classic French technique." Earlier this week, the New York Times revealed that the restaurant will open on June 30.

Jean-Georges Vongerichten. [Photo: Facebook]

ABC Home Grown

Location: 38 E. 19th St., New York, NY
Chefs: Jean-Georges Vongerichten
Projected Opening: Summer 2014
Jean-Georges Vongerichten is aiming to thrill New Yorkers once more in 2014 with a restaurant named ABC Home Grown. His third concept in the complex connected to ABC Carpet & Home, ABC Home Grown will focus on vegetarian and vegan food with an international bent.

[Photo: Facebook]

The Halal Guys

Location: 307 E. 14th Street, New York, NY
Owner: Abdelbaset Elsayed
Projected Opening: June 28, 2014
Before they go on a franchised expansion tear, the Halal Guys are just about to open the first and highly anticipated brick-and-mortar location of the popular street cart tomorrow. Eater NY reports that the restaurant will offer gyros, falafel, chicken and rice platters, hummus, and Mediterranean salads at the new location.


[Photos: Cook+Solo Restaurants]

Dizengoff and Abe Fisher

Location: 1605-1627 Sansom Street
Partners: Mike Solomonov, Steve Cook
Projected Opening: July 2014
Mike Solomonov and Steve Cook — the restaurateur duo behind the likes of Zahav and Federal Donuts — are at it again. This Spring, they're opening two new Philadelphia restaurants: a hummusiya named Dizengoff, and a 50-seater named Abe Fisher, which Eater Philly reports will "focus on cuisine of the Jewish diaspora." A rep says to look for it in July.

[Photo: Twitter]


Location: 1520 E. Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia PA
Chef: Joe Cicala
Projected Opening: Late July 2014
Chef Joe Cicala and the team from Philly's beloved Le Virtu are behind the soon-to-open Brigantessa in East Passyunk. Eater Philly editor Carly Szkaradnik explains that this will be the city's first AVPN-certified pizzeria. As previously reported, it should also have a strong beer program and is hiring now.

Portland, OR

[Photo: Dina Avila]

Mediterranean Exploration Company

Location: 333 NW 13th Avenue, Portland, OR
Restaurateur: John Gorham
Projected Opening: August 1, 2014
Restaurateur John Gorham — the man behind the likes of Toro Bravo and Tasty N Alder — is slated to open Mediterranean Exploration Company in Portland's Pearl District in August. Eater PDX reports that the family-style menu will be influenced by the cuisines of Turkey, North Africa, and Israel, so think things like lebneh, hummus, grilled lamb chops, and sweet-and-sour brisket.

[Photo: Facebook]

BTU Brasserie

Location: 5846 NE Sandy Boulevard, Portland, OR
Partners: Chris Bogart and Nate Yovu
Projected Opening: Late July 2014
Here's an interesting newcomer headed to Portland: a Chinese restaurant/brewery from two Burnside Brewery alums. Eater PDX reported earlier this week that BTU Brasserie is going to be a 4,100-square-foot space that includes a 40-seat dining room and a 600-square-foot brewery with a seven-barrel system. The menu includes roast meat and Peking duck off their custom barbecue smokehouse, as well as steamed buns, noodle dishes and, eventually, dim sum.

San Diego

[Photo: Eater San Diego]

Común Kitchen & Tavern

Location: 935 J Street, San Diego, CA
Chef: Chad White
Projected Opening: Summer 2014
San Diego chef Chad White is partnering up with Shane Brennan and Demien Farrell to open Común Kitchen & Tavern this Summer, a restaurant that Eater San Diego reports will involve everything from snacks to entrees to large share plates to tacos and tortas. White will also be offering a nightly tasting menu at the restaurant's 10-seat counter.

[Photo: Eater San Diego]

Bottega Americano

Location: 1195 Island Avenue, San Diego, CA
Partners: David Warner and Giuseppe Ciuffa
Projected Opening: August 2014
San Diego is getting excited for the opening of its first-ever Eataly-esque concept, Bottega Americano. Chef David Warner and partner Giuseppe Ciuffa have taken this 8,000-square-foot space and are putting in what Eater San Diego describes as "interactive food bars" of pizza, pasta, seafood, salads, and sweets, as well as a full-service restaurant and bar, and a retail arm. It should be on track to open in August.

San Francisco

Benu. [Photo: Facebook]; Corey Lee. [Photo: Benu]

Monsieur Benjamin

Location: 451 Gough Street, San Francisco, CA
Key Players: Corey Lee, Jason Berthold, and Thomas Palauqui
Projected Opening: Summer 2014
San Francisco diners have been looking forward to the latest from Benu chef Corey Lee, Monsieur Benjamin, and now that wait is almost over. The team tells Eater that they expect to open the restaurant by the end of August, explaining that it is "a modern and casual restaurant and bar that is inspired by the great Parisian bistro culture, and traditions of French cooking." The executive chef here is Jason Berthold, while master sommelier Yoon Ha is selecting a list featuring French and California wines. Monsieur Benjamin will also offer late-night dining and, eventually, brunch.

[Photo: Facebook]

Pabu/The Ramen Bar

Location: 101 California Street, San Francisco, CA
Restaurateur: Michael Mina
Projected Opening: June 30 (The Ramen Bar); July 1 (Pabu)
Expansion-minded restaurateur Michael Mina is less than a week away from opening a San Francisco location of his Japanese izakaya concept Pabu. The restaurant will have a sushi bar, a robata grill, and shabu-shabu; opening first will be its smaller sister restaurant The Ramen Bar, offering ramen.


[Photo: Google Images]


Location: 3621 Stone Way N, Seattle, WA
Partners: Joe Sundberg and Rachel Johnson
Projected Opening: Summer 2014
Two alums from Renee Erickson's Seattle restaurant empire are striking out on their own this Summer with the debut of Manolin. Eater Seattle has the details about what Joe Sundberg and Rachel Johnson have in store for the city, including a menu with small plates, fresh fish, and dishes coming off their woodfired grill.

[Photos: Eater Seattle]

99 Park

Location: 99 102nd Avenue NE, Bellevue, WA
Owner: Micah Pittman
Projected Opening: Summer 2014
Seattle neighbor Bellevue is getting a fine dining restaurant this Summer with the arrival of 99 Park. Eater Seattle reports that the team of "enthusiastic young pros" running the restaurant include executive chef Quinton Stewart and general manager Charles Veitch. The menu here is going to be farm-to-table and include dishes like duck breast with morels, mountain huckleberries, and farro.

Somerville, MA

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Rosebud American Kitchen & Bar

Location: 381 Summer Street, Somerville, MA
Owner: Joe Cassinelli
Projected Opening: Summer 2014
Joe Cassinelli, the man behind popular restaurants Posto and The Painted Burro, is at it again with the opening of Rosebud American Kitchen & Bar. Eater Boston reports that the restaurant will offer barbecue, burgers, and Southern food, while Cassinelli is preserving the landmark exterior of what was the Rosebud Diner.

St. Louis

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The Peacemaker Lobster & Crab Co.

Location: 1831 Sidney Street, St. Louis, MO
Chef: Kevin Nashan
Projected Opening: Early August 2014
Now with 10 years behind him at Sidney Street Cafe, St. Louis chef Kevin Nashan is gearing up to open The Peacemaker Lobster & Crab Co. As Eater reported earlier this month, the restaurant is inspired by the "Acadian tie between the Northeastern and Louisiana cuisines," meaning dishes will include Nashan's takes on chowder, lobster rolls, and fried oyster Po'Boys. It's expected to open in early August.


[Photo: Instagram]

Pizzeria Bianco

Location: 272 E. Congress Street, Tucson, AZ
Chef: Chris Bianco
Projected Opening: July 24, 2014
At long last, Chris Bianco is on the verge of opening his Tucson outpost of his famed Pizzeria Bianco. Yes, the pizza that made Phoenix, Arizona, the unlikely epicenter of American pizza-making has set an opening date of July 24, according to Bianco's Instagram announcement. Get ready.

Washington, DC

Maketto, Washington, DC. [Design and sketches: Michael Francis/Queue, LLC]


Location: 1351 H Street NE, Washington, DC
Partners: Erik Bruner-Yang, Will Sharp
Projected Opening: Late Summer 2014
It's been a tease for some time now, but this looks to be the year that wunderkind Erik Bruner-Yang opens his sophomore effort Maketto on DC's H Street NE. The Toki Underground chef is teaming up with Will Sharp of clothing label DURKL on the project that will channel an Asian night market, with a chef's table, patio seating, a coffee bar, and more. A rep says that they're now aiming to open in late Summer, but be aware that this opening could also bleed into Fall.

[Photo: Official]

Rural Society

Location: 1177 15th Street NW, Washington, DC
Chef: Jose Garces
Projected Opening: July 3, 2014
Philadelphia-based chef Jose Garces is expanding to DC this Summer with the July 3 opening of Rural Society. This Argentine steakhouse — one of Eater DC's most anticipated openings — will offer charcuterie, various meats and fish prepared on a parilla, house-made pastas, and Argentine pizzas, among other things. AvroKo is behind the restaurant's design, which a press release says is in part inspired by "the rugged Gaucho, South American cowboy, culture as well as the refined style of Buenos Aires."

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