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The Definitive Guide to Fall's Most Anticipated Restaurant Openings

Hillary Dixler Canavan is Eater's restaurant editor and the author of the publication's debut book, Eater: 100 Essential Restaurant Recipes From the Authority on Where to Eat and Why It Matters (Abrams, September 2023). Her work focuses on dining trends and the people changing the industry — and scouting the next hot restaurant you need to try on Eater's annual Best New Restaurant list.

From coast to coast, here's where to eat this fall.

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Across the United States, chefs and restaurant owners are gearing up for battle: Fall is almost here, bringing with it a bumper crop of new restaurants.

The empire builders will be doing what they do this season. Austin's Paul Qui is bringing a high-end sushi counter to Austin (Otoko) while working on his first Miami restaurant (at Faena Hotel Miami Beach). David Chang should finally be ready to plant the peach-emblazoned flag in Washington, DC (Momofuku DC). Restaurateur Bill Chait continues to tighten his grip on the LA dining scene (Otium, The Rose Cafe).

For some chefs, this fall is the time to do spinoff concepts dedicated to popular menu items. In Portland, Ataula's Jose Chesa is creating a paella restaurant (Chesa), which will share space with a drinking chocolate and churro shop (180). April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman are finally giving the people what they want with a burger-focused concept that might be their own Shake Shack (Salvation Burger). Sean Brock is also rumored to be working on a burger joint, but without confirmation, there's no room for speculative bacon-infused burgers on this guide.

Speaking of fast(er) food, there continues to be plenty of movement into that space. Fine-dining chefs like Joshua Skenes, Roy Choi, and Daniel Patterson (Fat Noodle and Locol, respectively) are readying to make their entry into the very appealing world of scalable concepts. Not surprisingly, many openings are focusing on chicken, from hot Nashville-style (Royals Hot Chicken) to more abstract chicken-and-egg themed fare (The Crack Shack).

Other trends to keep an eye out for: Wood-fired cooking — whether at Francis Mallmann's open-fire restaurant in Miami (at Faena Hotel Miami Beach) or at a New York City pizzeria (from the Charlie Bird team) that will be home to two Stefano Ferrara ovens — continues to call to chefs, not to mention the many serious barbecue projects opening this fall (Mabel's BBQ and Lewis Barbecue immediately come to mind). France is on the culinary radar this season, so do keep an eye out for brasseries, bistros, and all-day cafes. More pop-ups are going brick and mortar. Celebrities just can't stay out of the restaurant game. Don't see any food halls? Don't worry, they're getting their own guide.

Without further ado, a look into fall:



Location: 541 Edgewood Avenue SE, Atlanta, GA
Partners: Jen Hidinger, Ryan Smith, Ryan Turner, Chris Hall, Todd Mussman
Projected Opening: Imminent
This "restaurant for a cause" had faced some serious challenges in its multi-year journey to opening, including the untimely passing of founding member chef Ryan Hidinger, whose pop-up with wife Jen was the inspiration for Staplehouse. Now the team sends word that they're finally staffing up and will be opening the doors within the next weeks. Once up and running, Staplehouse has committed to giving all proceeds (after tax and business expenses) to the Giving Kitchen, a non-profit dedicated to providing "emergency assistance grants to Atlanta's restaurant community facing unanticipated hardship." | All Staplehouse Coverage [EATL]

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Noble Fin

Location: 5260 Peachtree Parkway, Peachtree Corners, GA
Chef: Jay Swift
Projected Opening: Late fall 2015
This long-awaited seafood destination from 4th & Swift's Jay Swift is making its way towards opening. Swift sends word that this 200-seat restaurant will have a 15-foot-tall wine wall in the dining room (luckily the ceilings are an impressive 24 feet high) plus a full bar space up front. Along with fish, expect the Mediterranean-leaning menu to feature hand-cut pastas, plus steaks and chops for the non-fin-friendly. Noble Fin hopes to be open in time for the holiday season. | All Noble Fin Coverage [EATL]

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Also tracking in Atlanta: Bar Margot · Unnamed Gerry Klaskala project · Minero · Linton Hokpins' Ponce City Market projects · Himitsu



Location: 1603 S. Congress Avenue, Austin, TX
Chefs: Paul Qui, Yoshi Okai
Projected Opening: Early October 2015
Slightly delayed from a hoped-for summer opening, Otoko will be empire-building Top Chef winner Paul Qui's ticketed 12-seat sushi and kaiseki counter. Qui is no stranger to sushi and neither is Yoshi Okai, a longtime lieutenant in Qui's empire who taught Qui the ways of sushi at Uchi before the two opened Uchiko together. Qui recently told Eater: "[Otoko's] going to be a lot purer than the other places, than Uchi or Uchiko in a sense… We're going to pull from very classical sushi pieces in nigiri and very classical methods of making sushi, but at the same time, we are using ingredients that are available to us." | All Otoko Coverage [EATX]

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Boiler Nine

Location: 214 West Avenue, Austin, TX
Chef: Jason Stude
Projected Opening: Fall 2015
Originally announced over a year ago, Boiler Nine will be massive (Eater Austin quotes "11,000 feet over four floors"). The bar and grill will find its home in the upcoming Seaholm development, a "future urban oasis" taking shape at a former power plant. Details are still scarce at this point, but expect "an observation deck and bar at the highest level," "an intimate lounge and dining experience in the lowest level," plus "three kitchens — including one with a wood-fire grill that will be open, allowing diners to watch chefs at work preparing food — and a bar on every floor." | All Boiler Nine Coverage [EATX]

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Also Tracking in Austin: Geraldine's · Juniper · Emmer & Rye


Dylan's Oyster Cellar

Location: 3601 Chestnut Avenue, Baltimore, MD

Owner: Dylan Salmon
Projected Opening: November 2015
This is the story of a popular pop-up finally getting a proper brick-and-mortar location. When Dylan's first popped up in the Mt. Vernon neighborhood, savvy diners took note; even as a temporary business, "owner/shucker" Dylan Salmon was generating enough buzz to land a place on Eater's Baltimore Heatmap. With the permanent Hampden neighborhood space, he has enough room for a full kitchen which, according to the website, will be sending out seafood-focused fare like oyster pan roast, clams casino, and shrimp boil. | All Baltimore Coverage [E]

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Location: 91 Winthrop Street, Cambridge, MA
Chef: Peter Quinion
Projected Opening: Early October 2015
Parsnip will be taking over the Harvard Square space that was once home to the iconic UpStairs on the Square. Details have been scarce so far, but Eater Boston reports that menu plans include "locally-sourced ingredients with classic technique." Chef Peter Quinion comes to Parsnip from the UK, where he spent several years as the head chef at London House. | All Parsnip Coverage [EBOS]

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Tiger Mama

Location: 1363 Boylston Street, Boston, MA
Chef: Tiffani Faison
Projected Opening: Fall 2015
Tiffani Faison's popular barbecue destination Sweet Cheeks is bringing a hotly anticipated, if unexpected new neighbor: a Southeast-Asian inspired restaurant. At the upcoming Tiger Mama, expect Faison's takes on street food from Vietnam, Thailand, and Malaysia. Tiger Mama will also be home to two bars, reports Eater Boston, one of which will be tiki-themed. | All Tiger Mama Coverage [EBOS]

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Also Tracking in Boston: Branch Line · Doretta Taverna · Frank Pepe Pizzeria · Smoke Shop


Harold's Cabin

Location: 247 Congress Street, Charleston, SC
Owner: John Schumacher
Projected Opening: Early December 2015
A group of prominent Charlestonians are behind this project, a sort of homage to Harold Jacobs and his Harold's Cabin snowball shop and pioneering gourmet grocery. The new Harold's Cabin, led by RiverDogs's John Schumacher with investment from Mike Veeck and the one and only Bill Murray, will be a two-story affair with a restaurant and a "mercantile." A rep for the restaurant sends word that the menu will lean heavily on vegetables (including some from the restaurant's own rooftop garden) and there will be snowballs. | All Harold's Cabin Coverage [ECHS]

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Lewis Barbecue

Location: 464 Nassau Street, Charleston, SC
Chef: John Lewis
Projected Opening: Late fall 2015
Texas barbecue has arrived to Charleston thanks to John Lewis, the acclaimed pitmaster of the very excellent La Barbecue in Austin (he's also an alum of Franklin Barbecue). Lewis has been whetting the city's appetite for his opening later this year by doing pop-ups. The brick-and-mortar location will be tricked out with one of Lewis's customer-designed smokers, and the menu features smoked classics like brisket, beef and pork ribs, "Texas hot guts" sausages, plus pulled pork shoulder and basic sides like potato salad and slaw. | All Lewis Barbecue Coverage [ECHS]

Image credit: Lewis Barbecue/Facebook

Also Tracking in Charleston: Pancito & Lefty · The Watch · Generalisimo · Rumored Sean Brock Burger Project



Location: 951 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL
Partners: Grant Achatz, Nick Kokonas
Projected Opening: Fall 2015
Word on the Chicago street is that lauded chef Grant Achatz and his business partner/ticketed reservations guru Nick Kokonas are getting close to opening the doors to Roister, the team's first foray into more casual dining. Eater Chicago reports the restaurant will be "the antithesis of Alinea or Next" with "rustic and refined" food served in a dining room with "intentionally loud music and tables spaced closely together." Further known details: A meal will cost a party of two anywhere from $50 to $500, the Aviary's executive chef Andrew Brochu will be leading the kitchen, and the dining room will be divided into "a sushi bar-type area, a la carte spaces, and tasting menu spaces with the kitchen right in the middle." | All Roister Coverage [ECHI]

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Band of Bohemia

Location: 4710 N Ravenswood Avenue, Chicago, IL
Partners: Craig Sindelar, Michael Carroll
Projected Opening: November 2015
A brewpub may not be what you'd expect from a pair of Alinea alums, but Craig Sindelar and Michael Carroll have a plan. Their idea: a "culinary brewhouse" with a seasonally-rotating food menu to compliment an ever-changing array of house-brewed beers. "Each beer would be listed separately followed by three to five food items that would pair well with the drink," reports Eater Chicago. Don't expect any televisions. | All Band of Bohemia Coverage [ECHI]

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Duck Duck Goat

Location: 857 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL
Chef: Stephanie Izard
Projected Opening: Late fall 2015
In partnership with the Boka Restaurant Group, James Beard Award-winner Stephanie Izard is focusing on Chinese and Taiwanese cuisine for her third restaurant, Duck Duck Goat. From a take-out window, Izard will serve her take on Taiwanese street foods including beef noodles, dumplings, and fried chicken bites. She's been previewing menu items for the restaurant at events lately, serving up things like Duck Duck Goat fried rice, Chinese spare ribs, and whole fish grilled with chilies. | All Duck Duck Goat Coverage [ECHI]

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Cruz Blanca

Location: 900 W Randolph Street, Chicago, IL
Chef: Rick Bayless
Projected Opening: Fall 2015
Also getting into the culinary brewpub fray is world's most interesting man Rick Bayless. Cruz Blanca is the long-awaited Randolph Street project that will feature "a 10-barrel brewing system, a tasting room, a growler program (along with large bottles of brew), and, of course, food," reports Eater Chicago. Bayless has called Cruz Blanca "a completely new concept that you've never seen before." | All Rick Bayless Coverage [E]

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Also Tracking in Chicago: Greenriver · Dos Urban Cantina · Shields' project


Mabel's BBQ

Location: 2050 E 4th Street, Cleveland, OH
Chef: Michael Symon
Projected Opening: November 2015
Hometown hero Michael Symon is finally ready to introduce "Cleveland-style" barbecue to the world. Right next door to Symon's Cleveland hit Lola Bistro, Mabel's BBQ will be serving up meats smoked low and slow with regional applewood, and served with a mustard-based sauce with cider vinegar, local maple syrup, and chiles. Per a press release, Symon's lofty "goal is to create a style [of barbecue] that Clevelanders can call their own." | All Michael Symon Coverage [E]

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Location: 4216 Oak Lawn Avenue, Dallas, TX
Chef: Julio Peraza
Projected Opening: Early September 2015
Madrina is the latest project from Misery Loves Co., the same group that brought Dallas Proof + Pantry. Executive chef Julio Peraza is going to be serving a blend of French and Mexican fare — a press rep sends word that this means dishes like hay-smoked foie gras made with jaggery, plantains, pepita, and coconut; and enfrijoladas with homemade cilantro tortillas, duck confit, crispy duck skin, and crema. If all goes according to plan, the Madrina team is planning to open by the end of the month. | All Madrina Coverage [EDFW]

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Location: 2626 Main Street, Dallas, TX
Chef: Matt McCallister
Projected Opening: October 2015
It's been over a year since chef Matt McCallister (of the upscale Dallas hit FT33) first told Eater that he was working on a second restaurant, and finally construction is underway. Eater Dallas reports that Filament will be a "casual Southern eatery" with "both approachable and unexpected dishes." There will also be a serious beverage program with a robust wine list, rotating beers on tap, and seasonal cocktails served at a 24-seat horseshoe bar. | All Filament Coverage [EDFW]

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Also Tracking in Dallas: John Tesar Italian project · Shelby Hall · The Theodore


Bar Dough

Location: 2227 W 32nd Avenue, Denver, CO
Partners: Max MacKissock, Juan Padro, Katie Padro
Projected Opening: Mid-September 2015
This new pizzeria was announced this spring and the city has been on high alert since. Heading the kitchen is Eater Denver's 2012 Chef of the Year Max MacKissock (formerly of the Squeaky Bean), who will be serving wood-fired pizzas, house-made pastas, and roasted meat and veg. He's partnering with Highland Tap & Burger proprietors Juan and Katie Padro. | All Bar Dough Coverage [EDEN]

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Also Tracking in Denver: Occidental · The Way Back


Mabel Gray

Location: 23825 John R Road, Hazel Park, MI
Chef: James Rigato
Projected Opening: September 2015
James Rigato — who you might know him from the Root or his time on Top Chef — makes his foray into Hazel Park with Mabel Gray, assuming the space formerly home to Liza's Place diner. Rigato told Eater Detroit to expect an "old meets new" aesthetic with 45 to 50 "white vinyl upholstered banquette seat[s], wooden Detroit school chairs, and bar stools." Food-wise, diners can expect "seasonal and foraged ingredients, whole animal butchery, and a mixture of modern and classic cooking techniques." | All Mabel Gray Coverage [EDET]

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Also Tracking in Detroit: Standby


Three Treadsack Projects

Locations: 1801 N Shepherd Drive, Houston, TX; 4721 N Main Street, Houston, TX
Chefs: Graham Laborde, Richard Knight, PJ Stoops
Projected Opening: Mid-September 2015
Massive delays are to be expected when a restaurant group decided to open three restaurants at the same time. First up is Hunky Dory, a neighborhood tavern with a kitchen led by Richard Knight. Sharing a building (but not a kitchen) with Hunky Dory is the Bernadine's, a Gulf Coast-inspired seafood destination headed up by chef Graham Laborde. And then there's Foreign Correspondents, a farm-to-table Thai operation with chef PJ Stoops at the helm. Houston is pumped. | All Treadsack Coverage [EHOU]

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Also Tracking in Houston: The Del · The Dunlavy · Ka Sushi · State of Grace

Las Vegas


Location: 3730 Las Vegas Boulevard S, Las Vegas, NV
Partners: Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi, Jeff Zalaznick
Projected Opening: October 2015
Normally a second— or in this case, third — location of a pre-existing concept wouldn't make the list, but for the Torrisi boys' Vegas debut, exceptions can be made. Vegas is not only a critical conquest for these red-sauce empire builders, it is poised to be a perfect expression of everything Carbone is about. First of all, the space at the Aria was previously home to Sirio Ristorante, a Vegas outpost from the legendary Maccioni restaurateurs, best known at the family behind New York City's Le Cirque. But above all, Carbone is about theatricality — waiters in burgundy velvet Zac Posen blazers, piped-in mood music, tableside service — and a reverence for a certain mid-20th-century style of dining that reached from New York City to Vegas. | All Carbone Coverage [ELV]

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Alain Ducasse Pierre Monetta

Location: 3940 Las Vegas Boulevard S, Las Vegas, NV
Chef: Alain Ducasse
Projected Opening: Fall 2015
Michelin-bedazzled chef Alain Ducasse is bringing a $2.8 million blockbuster to the Strip with Rivea and its 007-sounding Skyfall Lounge. Food-wise, executive chef Bruno Riou "plans to serve fare influenced by Provence and Italy" like "house-made pizzettes, pastas, and grilled dishes," reports Eater Vegas. Skyfall Lounge sounds like a luxe affair with multiple levels, an outdoor patio, and "seating islands" around a dance floor. Rivea will be doing the food here, with smaller bites like tigelle sandwiches and squid fritters promised. | All Rivea Coverage [ELV]

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Grazing Pig Charcuterie/Harvest & Larder

Harvest & Larder sidewalk seating

Location: 1130 South Casino Center Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV
Partners: Brian Howard, Corey Nyman Projected Opening: Late fall 2015
After leaving Comme Ça, chef Brian Howard and business partner Corey Nyman have turned their eyes away from the Strip to the burgeoning Arts District. The plan is to open what Eater Vegas reports will be an epic two-in-one: "Their ground floor, 4,530-square-foot space will be home to both the counter service Grazing Pig Charcuterie and full-service restaurant, Harvest & Larder — Honest American Cookery & Libations. They will be sharing a kitchen and creating an urban lounge for the area between the two ventures." | All Brian Howard Coverage [ELV]

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Also Tracking in Las Vegas: Salute · Herringbone · Kerry Simon's gastropub

Los Angeles


Location: 222 S Hope Street, Los Angeles, CA
Chef: Timothy Hollingsworth
Projected Opening: September 20, 2015
After over 10 years at the French Laundry, the final few spent as the lauded restaurant's chef de cuisine, chef Timothy Hollingsworth headed to Los Angeles with a plan to open his own place. A couple years (and a barbecue restaurant) later, the doors are almost open at Otium, Hollingsworth's high-end restaurant created with the help of local powerhouse Bill Chait. A press statement promises that Otium, which neighbors the Broad Museum, "strips away the rigid formalities of dining while focusing on the quality of food, warm service, and relaxed casual ambience" with a massive open kitchen, indoor and outdoor spaces, and design guided by "sophisticated rusticity." Menu-wise, Hollingsworth is aiming for "highly eclectic, vibrant, and seasonal flavors." | All Otium Coverage [ELA]

Image credit: Courtesy of Otium

Rose Cafe

Location: 220 Rose Avenue, Venice, CA
Chef: Jason Neroni
Projected Opening: Late September 2015
Eater LA's 2012 Chef of the Year Jason Neroni (formerly of Superba Snackbar) has joined forces with the always empire-building Bill Chait to revamp an iconic Venice institution: the Rose Cafe. In the works for about a year, reps send word that Neroni and Chait plan to "keep the roots of the Rose that the community loves, while bringing in updates that will make the food and atmosphere shine." Think SoCal cuisine with global inspiration, a full-fledged bakery, and a new look. Don't worry about the old guard, though. Eater LA reports that "longtime owners Kamal Kapur and Manhar Patel are sticking around and working alongside the Sprout Restaurant Group" on the revamp. | All Rose Cafe Coverage [ELA]

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Little Pine

Location: 2870 Rowena Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
Owner: Richard Hall
Projected Opening: Fall 2015
While the name Richard Hall might not ring a bell, his stage name Moby should. The DJ/recording artist/producer is getting into the restaurant business with Little Pine, an eagerly awaited "100 percent organic vegan bistro" in the ever-so-hip Silver Lake neighborhood. The kitchen will be headed up by Food Network regular Anne Thornton, who will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The idea is to create a real neighborhood feel, which means patios, a retail component, and no loud music late at night. Think Moby's too famous to actually run a restaurant? Think again. He's been showing up regularly at tedious community board meetings, so expect him to be a hands-on owner. | All Little Pine Coverage [ELA]

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Unnamed Ludo Lefebvre, Jon Shook, and Vinny Dotolo Project

Trois Mec Matthew Kang

Location: 3510 W Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA
Partners: Ludo Lefebvre, Jon Shook, Vinny Dotolo
Projected Opening: Late fall 2015
The Facts: The unstoppable culinary force that is Ludo Lefebvre plus Animal guys Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo (together they have National Eater 38 member Trois Mec and Eater 21 Best New Restaurants member Petit Trois) are opening a new restaurant in Silver Lake. The Speculation: The chefs are apparently still deciding on the concept, which means the possibilities are endless. Will they pay homage to the legendary Mexican restaurant that once lived in the strip mall space? Will they open another hit tasting menu spot? Anything's possible. It took the guys less than a year from announcing Petit Trois to opening it to rave reviews — we're betting (fine, hoping) they'll be able to shave that down further for this one. | All Trois Mec Coverage [ELA]

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Location: 1954 E 103rd Street, Los Angeles, CA
Partners: Roy Choi, Daniel Patterson
Projected Opening: Late fall 2015
Locol is what happens when LA's street food-focused Roy Choi teams up with San Francisco fine-dining chef Daniel Patterson. This odd couple revealed their plans for a revolutionary fast-food chain back in 2014, and now construction has begun in Los Angeles's Watts neighborhood and a lease has been signed in San Francisco's Tenderloin. Choi has told Eater: "The vision is to create a fast-food concept that's delicious, but do it with the heart of a chef," which means that this will offer fast, nutritious meals that the chefs want to serve at actual fast-food (not fast-casual) prices. With a board of directors that includes René Redzepi, and investors ranging from crowd-funders to Jon Favreau, all eyes are on this odd couple and their ambitious, hopeful project. While it's entirely possible this opening might get pushed into the new year, the city is rallying behind them. | All Locol Coverage [ELA]

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Also Tracking in Los Angeles: Pok Pok · Sqirl Away · Estrella · ERBar · TBA April Bloomfield project · Chris Oh/Stephane Bombet project · Salazar · Mixed Company · Cannibal


Royals Hot Chicken

Location: 736 East Market Street, Louisville, KY
Chef: Ryan Rogers
Projected Opening: Early October 2015
2015 Eater Young Gun Ryan Rogers has already made a name for himself doing barbecue in Louisville and now he's at it again, this time focusing on fried chicken. Royals Hot Chicken will be a quick-service restaurant, making it part of a larger fast-casual chicken boom happening nationwide. Roger sends word that he will be offering both "brined and Kentucky pressure-fried chicken as quarters, tenders, and sandwiches" along with "Nashvilles great contribution to fried chicken — Hot Chicken." (He'll also serve "church picnic sides" like broccoli salad and pimento cheese grits.) The space itself is unique; Rogers is renovating a 100-year-old movie house, and outside, he's building a bar inside a shipping container. | All Ryan Rogers Coverage [ENASH]

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Location: 59 Washington Avenue, Portland, ME
Partners: Kit Paschal, Anders Tallberg
Projected Opening: Late October 2015
Kit Paschal and Anders Tallberg are alums from some pretty major Boston restaurants (Eastern Standard and Hungry Mother, respectively). From an early press release, Roustabout promises the cuisine will be Tallberg's "well crafted, imaginative takes on Italian-American fare." This 75-seater will also have a private dining room and 18-seat bar for which Paschal will create a list of beers, cocktails, and mostly natural wines. | All Roustabout Coverage [EME]

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Also Tracking in Maine: Scales


Beaker & Gray

Location: 2637 N Miami Avenue, Miami, FL
Chef: Brian Nasajon
Projected Opening: September 2015
Beaker & Gray is the latest restaurant to hit Miami's Wynwood neighborhood, bringing with it "global flavors" from chef Brian Nasajon, formerly of Lure Fishbar in NYC. Broken Shaker alum Ben Potts is overseeing the drinks, promising a serious cocktail menu. The 3,600-square-foot former ice factory will seat 75 in the dining room with room for more outside, 13 at the marble bar, as well as a chef's-style counter. | All Beaker & Gray [EMIA]

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Bachour Bakery and Bistro

Location: 600 Brickell Avenue, Miami, FL
Chefs: Antonio Bachour, Henry Hané
Projected Opening: November 2015
Antonio Bachour, one of the most prominent pastry chefs in the Southeast, is opening his own shop. The Instagram star is partnering with chef Henry Hané (formerly of Eating House) to open this bakery and restaurant — yes, that means there will be savory options, too. This 40-seater is a daytime affair, with breakfast, lunch, and weekend brunch all planned. | All Antonio Bachour Coverage [EMIA]

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Faena Miami Beach Hotel Restaurants

Location: 3201 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL
Chefs: Paul Qui, Francis Mallmann, Gabriel Ask
Projected Opening: November 2015
This upcoming Miami Beach hotel has brought out some big guns to make itself a food destination. It’s appointed Gabriel Ask, an LA chef with an impressive resume, to be its executive chef. It’s tapped Austin powerhouse Paul Qui to do a restaurant, where he tells Eater he'll focus on seafood and open-fire cooking. He'll be in good company with that, since live-fire cooking legend Francis Mallmann is also opening a restaurant in the hotel, his first in the United States, to be called Los Fuegos. | All Faena Hotel Miami Beach Coverage [EMIA]

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Also Tracking in Miami: Phuc Yea! · Bazi · Paulie Gee's · Sullivan Street Bakery · Sunny's · Spring Chicken


Upton 43

Location: 4312 Upton Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
Chef: Erick Harcey
Projected Opening: October 2015
Victory 44's Erick Harcey will be spreading his wings with Upton 43, an ambitious project in the Linden Hills neighborhood. The restaurant takes inspiration from Harcey's grandfather — a cook and a "proud Swede." Harcy says he "will be using and slightly modifying some of my grandparents' old recipes, adding new and modern techniques to Swedish cuisine, and really relying on the flavors and smells I grew up with. So its not going to necessarily be a 'Swedish' restaurant, but it is going to be an 'Erick Harcey family heritage restaurant.'" The Upton Avenue space will also be home to Harcey's the Dirty Bird, a "grab-and-go rotisserie chicken concept with healthy farm sides." | All Erick Harcey Coverage [EMPLS]

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Also Tracking in Minneapolis: Brut · Hi-Lo Diner · Eastside · St. Genevieve



Matthew Lightner

Location: 813 Main Street, Napa, CA
Chef: Matthew Lightner
Projected Opening: Mid-September
Ninebark will be the three-story restaurant born from AvroKo's total overhaul of Napa's the Thomas and Fagiani's Bar. They're bringing in Matthew Lightner, formerly of New York City's critically-acclaimed tasting menu destination Atera, to head up Ninebark and assume the role of west coast culinary operations head for the group. The menu will "take a nod from the chef's time at Mugaritz and otherwise focus on using local ingredients to great effect... there'll be lots of smoking, grilling, and marinating and an emphasis on seafood dishes like savory porridge with smoked fish, heirloom rice, and sourdough," reports Eater SF. Reps for Ninebark put the opening at mid-September, but since they also say construction hasn't started yet, this one might run a little late. | All Matthew Lightner Coverage [ESF]

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Le Sel

Le Sel

Location: 900 20th Avenue S, Nashville, TN
Chef: Rene DeLeon
Projected Opening: Early fall 2015 Nashville's Strategic Hospitality Group is bringing some Chicago firepower to town with its latest restaurant project. Leading the kitchen is chef Rene DeLeon, who banked time at Alinea and Next before moving to Tennessee. His sous chef and GM are also Chicago vets, from Girl and Goat and Next, respectively. Per a press statement, the plan is to bring "a fresh perspective to French cuisine through a re-imagined menu of French classics." Add a raw bar and a separate downstairs bar space with its own menu, and we're looking at a potential blockbuster. | All Le Sel Coverage [ENASH]

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Also Tracking in Nashville: Cochon Butcher · Otaku · Butcher and Bee

New Orleans


Location: 5700 Block Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA
Partners: Sean Josephs, Mani Dawes Projected Opening: October 2015
The New York City restaurateurs behind the Southern-inflected Maysville and the recently-closed bourbon destination restaurant Char No. 4 are heading to the Big Easy. Owners Sean Josephs and Mani Dawes, a New Orleans native, are bringing with them Maysville's executive chef Kyle Knall to head up the kitchen. He'll be using a wood-fired grill and smoker "to create the grilled/smoked/charred flavors that will bring out the best in the bourbon selection," reports Eater NOLA. There will also be an oyster bar at this 89-seat day-to-night blockbuster. | All Kenton's Coverage [ENOLA]

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Also Tracking in New Orleans: Black Label Ice House · Decatur

New York City


Location: 100 East 63rd Street, New York, NY
Chef: Michael White
Projected Opening: September 2015
Chef Michael White's ever-expanding AltaMarea group is adding another notch to belt with Vaucluse, an ambitious uptown brasserie. White's tapped the two-Michelin starred Marea executive chef Jared Gadbaw to run the kitchen at Vaucluse, where he'll oversee a menu guided by "a variation of traditional French culinary sensibilities," per a press release. Expect the menu to be divided among "Le Potager (seasonal produce), Pâtes Fraiche du Maison (housemade pastas), Les Grillades (simply prepared meats and fish), Pour Deux (plates to share), and rotating daily specials." | All Vaucluse Coverage [ENY]

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Location: 567 Union Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
Chef: Missy Robbins
Projected Opening: Late September 2015
One of New York City's top free agents is touching down at her own Williamsburg restaurant. Missy Robbins is opening Lilia with restaurateur Matt Kliegman this fall and expectations are high. The Italian restaurant will feature fresh-made pastas, and will also be home to a custom-built wood-burning oven, which reps say will be used for fish, vegetables, and weekly meat specials. There will also be a small "takeaway cafe" and outdoor seating. | All Lilia Coverage [ENY]

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Salvation Burger

Location: 230 E 51st Street, New York, NY
Partners: April Bloomfield, Ken Friedman
Projected Opening: October 2015
Everybody knows April Bloomfield knows how to make an excellent burger (ahem, Spotted Pig roquefort burger, ahem, Breslin lamb burger). Now she and her partner in empire-building Ken Friedman are creating Salvation Burger, dedicated exclusively to this prized menu item. Eater NY reports that the menu will feature wood-fired grilled burgers, riffs on the veggie burger and the Filet 'o' Fish, plus "skinny-ass fries," and "crispy pies stuffed with greenmarket fruit." Could Salvation Burger eventually become the next Shake Shack? We'll find out soon enough. | All Salvation Burger Coverage [ENY]

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Unnamed Charlie Bird Pizza Project

Location: 86 Kenmare Street, New York, NY
Partners: Robert Bohr, Grant Reynolds, Ryan Hardy
Projected Opening: November 2015
The team behind breakout Eater NY 38 member Charlie Bird is at it again — and this time they're bringing pizza. Eater NY learns that chef Ryan Hardy and his wine-focused partners have acquired not one but two Stefano Ferrara wood-burning ovens. Why two? Well one will be used for pizza exclusively, leaving the other free to crank out dishes like roast pork shank and roasted carrots. This being a Charlie Bird production, the wine list will also be a main attraction. | All Charlie Bird Coverage [ENY]

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Unnamed Dan Kluger Restaurant

Location: 21 West 8th Street, New York, NY
Chef: Dan Kluger
Projected Opening: December 2015
It's been just over a year since the bombshell news dropped that chef Dan Kluger would step away from his post at ABC Cocina and ABC Kitchen, where as the executive chef of the latter he helped the restaurant win a James Beard Award. Now he's opening his own place in Greenwich Village, with a goal of creating "the ultimate seasonal neighborhood restaurant." Reps send word that the plans include wood-fired grills and ovens, a wine list that will highlight smaller vineyards as well as some classics, and a "beautiful, modern, simple, warm, welcoming, and fun" atmosphere. | All Dan Kluger Coverage [ENY]

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La Sirena

Location: 88 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY
Partners: Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich
Projected Opening: October 2015
It's been nearly 10 years since the BB&G crew, aka Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich, have opened a non-Eataly restaurant in New York, and the city is eager for them to get back in the saddle with La Sirena. Food-wise, reps send word that it's kind of Lupa-meets-Babbo. For those who don't speak Batali, that means there will be trattoria-style meat, fish, and pasta like at Lupa, but with the more upscale feel of the Michelin-starred Babbo. As the ground-floor restaurant in the Maritime Hotel, La Sirena will nod to the nautical theme and the building's design by Albert Ledner. | All La Sirena Coverage [ENY]

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Also Tracking in New York City: Delaney Chicken · Joel Robuchon at Brookfield Place · Carla Hall's Southern Kitchen · Sushi Zo · Indian Accent · Ginza Onodera · Frederik Berselius project · Ichiran · Momofuku Chelsea · Rumored Estela Pasta Project



Location: 1200 S 21st Street, Philadelphia, PA
Partners: Michael and Jeniphur Pasquarello
Projected Opening: Fall 2015
The latest from Michael and Jeniphur Pasquarello, Buckminster's is what the team is calling a "neo-bistro," which means seasonal plates galore. They've tapped Rob Marzinsky, opening chef of Fitler Dining Room, to take lead in the kitchen. Other plans include mid-century modern interiors, wine and beer on tap, and some international influences on the menu. | All Buckminster's Coverage [EPHL]

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Hungry Pigeon

Location: 743 S 4th Street, Philadelphia, PA
Partners: Scott Schroeder, Pat O'Malley
Projected Opening: Fall 2015
Hungry Pigeon is an all-day affair from chefs Scott Schroeder (South Philly Tap Room, Sardine Bar) and Pat O'Malley (Balthazar Bakery). The concept will play to the chefs' respective strengths: During the day, a cafe-style breakfast and lunch service will showcase O'Malley's pastries, while dinner will be slightly more formal with waiter service. Still, with communal seating and family-style meals, the vibe will stay relaxed, and Schroeder sends word that the food will have an American diner influence. | All Hungry Pigeon Coverage [EPHL]

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Also Tracking in Philadelphia: Philly Style Bagels



Location: 3519 Butler Street, Pittsburgh, PA
Chef: Justin Severino
Projected Opening: October 2015
Chef Justin Severino is opening his second Lawrenceville restaurant, in a former senator's office just a few blocks away from his hit restaurant Cure. Morcilla is all about Spanish-style dining with a menu of tapas, pintxos, mariscos, and montaditos, and the beverage list will feature wines, including txakoli, and cider. | All Justin Severino Coverage [E]

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Stray Dogs Brick-and-Mortar

Location: Kerns, Portland, OR
Partners: Johnny Leach, Peter Cho
Projected Opening: Late November 2015
A wildly popular hot dog pop-up going brick-and-mortar sounds like a Portlandia sketch, but in the case of Stray Dogs, there's some New York City edge to it. That's because these haute hot dog makers (haute dogs?) are Johnny Leach and Peter Cho — alums of the David Chang empire and the April Bloomfield empire, respectively. The duo is aiming to open at the end of November, but in the meantime they've been hosting private dinners that have been suspiciously lacking in hot dogs, focusing instead on modern twists on Korean fare, more in line with their occasional Stray Birds pop-ups. Johnny Leach sends word that as of right now he and Cho are "gearing the restaurant towards pre-fixe family meals that change with the season." The name is still TBD. | All Stray Dogs Coverage [EPDX]

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Chesa and 180

Location: 2200 NE Broadway, Portland, OR
Partners: Christina Baez, Jose Chesa
Projected Opening: Early December 2015
There are three key things to think about right now: Fancy paella, fresh churros, and drinking chocolate flowing from a fountain. These three wonders will live under one roof in Portland, thanks to the duo behind Eater PDX 38 member Ataula, Christina Baez and Eater PDX 2013 Chef of the Year Jose Chesa. At the larger restaurant (Chesa), the plan is to serve Ataula's signature paellas and other recipes from a high-end Josper oven. 180 will be a small space up front dedicated to churros and hot drinking chocolate. Hungry yet? | All Atuala Coverage [EPDX]

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Also Tracking in Portland: Tastebud · Willow · La Moule · Providore Fine Foods

San Diego

The Crack Shack

Location: 2266 Kettner Boulevard, San Diego, CA
Chef: Richard Blais
Projected Opening: November 2015
Top Chef lifer and San Diego chef Richard Blais rides the wave of fast-casual fried chicken with the Crack Shack. The concept here is all-day chicken and eggs, with a strong focus on buying from local farms and using non-GMO products. For the project, Blais is teaming up with his crew from Juniper & Ivy, including owner Michael Rosen, and the Crack Shack will share a plot with J&I. Rosen recently told Eater San Diego that "if it works, we'd love to do more." | All Richard Blais Coverage [E]

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The Herb Shop

Location: 2210 Kettner Boulevard, San Diego, CA
Chef: Brian Malarkey
Projected Opening: Early December 2015
At long last, an answer to what Brian Malarkey is up to (besides more locations of Herringbone). This is a multi-faceted project spanning some 12,000 square feet. There will be a market and a small cafe with take-away options called Herb & Eatery. Then there's a full-service restaurant Herb & Wood. Eater San Diego reports that the restaurant, Malarkey's 11th, will service "a wood-fired menu of roasted vegetables, meats, and wild-caught seafood in an open-air dining room designed in grey marble and polished wood." | All Brian Malarkey Coverage [E]

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Also Tracking in San Diego: Kindred · Fireside by the Patio

San Francisco


Location: 149 Fell Street, San Francisco, CA
Chef: Gabriela Cámara
Projected Opening: Early September 2015
For her first-ever restaurant in the United States, chef Gabriela Cámara chose a roomy mid-Market space. Back in Mexico City, Càmara is known for her work at her restaurants Contramar and MeroToro, the latter ranking at #26 on the Latin America's 50 Best list. An early press release promises a "Contramar-esque" menu, which means Cala will be heavy on seafood. Eater SF also reports an exciting side project: a taco stand in the restaurant's back alley where tacos will be served on homemade tortillas made from corn nixtamalized in-house. | All Cala Coverage [ESF]

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The Perennial

Location: 59 Ninth Street, San Francisco, CA
Partners: Anthony Myint, Karen Leibowitz, Chris Kiyuna
Projected Opening: Late September 2015
If ZeroFoodPrint — Anthony Myint, Peter Freed, and Chris Ying's non-profit aimed at reducing restaurant carbon emissions— is your kind of organization, then the Perennial will be your kind of restaurant. Myint and wife Karen Leibowitz, the operators of San Francisco's Mission Chinese Food, are teaming up with former MCF chef de cuisine Chris Kiyuna to open this "restaurant and bar that champions progressive farming." That means an aquaponic greenhouse in Oakland, partnerships with farmers, working with Tartine's Chad Robertson to champion Kenza as an alternative to wheat, a "living pantry," and "seafood grown or caught sustainably, and pastured meat from ranches that prioritize ecology and animal welfare." Photos on the website suggest that the cuisine will be sophisticated, high-end fare. | All Perennial Coverage [ESF]

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The Bywater

Location: 532 North Santa Cruz Avenue, Los Gatos, CA 95030
Partners: David Kinch, Andrew Burnham
Projected Opening: Late fall 2015
It's been a big year for Michelin-bespangled chef David Kinch: He re-opened Manresa after a horrific fire, he opened ManresaBread, and now he's at it again with the Bywater. Details are still pretty scarce at this point, but Eater SF offers this intel: "Kinch joins Manresa alum/ManresaBread partner Andrew Burnham to head up the project, which is named for a neighborhood adjacent to the French Quarter with a history of artsy, bohemian culture. Given the fact that Kinch got his start in the kitchen of New Orleans's renowned Commander's Palace under chef Paul Prudhomme, it wouldn't be unfair to assume that the menu will be inspired by the colorful cuisine of the Big Easy." | All David Kinch Coverage [ESF]

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Location: 330 Gough Street, San Francisco, CA
Chef: Kim Alter
Projected Opening: Early December 2015
Ace San Francisco chef Kim Alter (Plum) is spreading her wings with Nightbird, an ambitious new project she's bringing to the Hayes Valley. She tells Eater that Nightbird will be a 40-seat restaurant focused on tasting menus. That tasting menu, she says, will "change weekly at first and progress into every other day" with a "strong focus on what is available at the market and classic technique." As if a 40-seat tasting menu destination wasn't enough to work on, Alter is also opening a seven-seat bar in the space. Linden Room will have a separate entrance, and will "focus on craft cocktails." | All Kim Alter Coverage [ESF]

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Fat Noodle

Location: 92 2nd Street, San Francisco, CA
Partners: Joshua Skenes, Adam Fleischman
Projected Opening: Late fall 2015
You know this story: Fine-dining chef/owner wants to create more accessible food, strike gold, and make his/her own Shake Shack. Joshua Skenes, chef of the mega-acclaimed and mega-expensive Saison, is a prime example. He's partnering with Umami Burger impresario Adam Fleischman to open the long-delayed, majorly anticipated fast-casual noodle bar called Fat Noodle, where $10-and-under customizable bowls of Chinese-style noodles will be the name of the game. | All Fat Noodle Coverage [E]

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Also Tracking in San Francisco: Trestle Van Ness project · Oro · Bon Marche · Locol · Miminashi · Black Bark


Sushi Kashiba

Location: 86 Pine Street, Seattle, WA
Chef: Shiro Kashiba
Projected Opening: October 2015
"I still have sushi power!" Shiro Kashiba recently told Eater Seattle. It's a good thing, too. This onetime colleague of Jiro Ono set up his eponymous Seattle sushi haunt back in 1994, stepping away completely only last fall. Now he's opening Sushi Kashiba at Pike Place, a 2,200-square-foot, 70-seat space where he can serve traditional sushi, plus operate a bar featuring local wine, local and Japanese beers, sake, and cocktails. | All Shiro Kashiba Coverage [ESEA]

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Renee Erickson Capitol Hill Projects


Location: 1060 E. Union Street, Seattle, WA
Chef: Renee Erickson
Projected Opening: Mid-October 2015
Renee Erickson, cookbook author and the chef behind National Eater 38 member the Whale Wins, is working an ambitious three-in-one project in Capitol Hill. First up, there's the 45-seater Bateau, which Eater Seattle reports "will focus on in-house butchered and dry-aged, grass-fed beef." Then, sticking to her nautical roots, Erickson will be opening Bar Melusine, an oyster bar she is calling the Walrus & the Carpenter's "French Atlantic cousin." Lastly, there's General Porpoise Coffee and Doughnuts, a 24-seat coffee roastery and doughnut shop, where doughnuts will get a bit luxe with seasonal jam fillings both sweet and savory. | All Renee Erickson Coverage [ESEA]

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FlintCreek Cattle Co.

Location: 8421 Greenwood Avenue N, Seattle, WA
Partners: Eric Donnelly, Christy Given
Projected Opening: November 2015
From the team behind the two-year-old smash hit RockCreek comes FlintCreek Cattle Co. Where RockCreek is all about seafood, FlintCreek will bring the meat, but with a focus on keeping things eco-friendly with leaner proteins like buffalo and venison from mindful farms. Eater Seattle 38 member RockCreek is a stunner — we're guessing after the massive renovations being done to the space, FlintCreek will be, too. | All RockCreek Coverage [ESEA]

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Great State Burger & Saint Helens

Location: 3600 NE 45th Street, Seattle, WA
Chef: Joshua Henderson
Projected Opening: December 15, 2015
Big things are happening for the always-growing restaurant group Huxley Wallace (Westward, Quality Athletics) and its expansion-minded frontman Josh Henderson. First up is Great State Burger, a fast-casual burger shop which sounds like Huxley Wallace's nod to Shake Shack. But here's the kicker: By 2016, Henderson wants eight to 10 locations in the greater Seattle area, with the first opening this fall in Ravenna. Next door, Henderson and the crew are also working on Saint Helens, what Eater Seattle calls an "American-style brasserie cafe" serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and family-style weekend brunches. Like Westward, this one should a gorgeous setting, complete with a partially-covered patio and fire pit. | All Huxley Wallace Collective Coverage [ESEA]

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Also Tracking in Seattle: Super Six · Mollusk · Amandine · Upper Bar Ferd'nand · Big Uncle

Washington, DC

The Dabney

Location: 122 Blagden Alley NW, Washington, DC
Chef: Jeremiah Langhorne
Projected Opening: Mid-September 2015
DC is on the edge of its seats, waiting 'til Jeremiah Langhorne opens the doors to the Dabney, a restaurant that's leading the major restaurant boom happening in the Shaw neighborhood. Langhorne is an alum of Sean Brock's Charleston restaurant McCrady's, where he was a longtime chef de cuisine, so don't be surprised to find impeccably-sourced fare with "a strong Mid-Atlantic focus," say reps. | All the Dabney Coverage [EDC]

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The Shaw Bijou

Location: 1544 9th Street NW, Washington, DC
Chef: Kwame Onwuachi
Projected Opening: November 2015
Another restaurant marching into Shaw is Kwame Onwuachi's tasting menu temple. Don't recognize that name? That's because Onwuachi is a young chef, striking out on his own after working in the kitchens of Per Se and Eleven Madison Park. Helping him in the front of house is his former culinary school roommate and EMP colleague Greg Vakiner and co-owner Kelly Gorsuch, a local salon owner. A press statement promises the 32-seater will serve "a refined yet approachable" "globally-inspired multi-course dinner" complete with kitchen tours, some table-side plating, and a dry-aged Wagyu program. | All Shaw Bijou Coverage [EDC]

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Momofuku DC

Location: 11th and I Street, Washington, DC
Chef: David Chang
Projected Opening: Fall 2015
Months have passed since we first put Momofuku DC on our anticipated openings watch, but as always, Momo's tight-lipped pre-opening strategy means not much has been confirmed, even as they staff up and hurtle towards opening. And so, a review of what we don't know: The actual full name of the restaurant — reps won't tell but it will probably be a Japanese-inspired word that has a cool macron accent mark like Shōtō, Daishō, and Seiōbo all do. The exact concept — reps won't tell, but the group's tagline is that "the restaurant will be a new concept, but will also feature some of our favorite dishes from across our menus in New York, Sydney, and Toronto." What we do know, finally is a time frame for opening — reps confirm that the restaurant is still on track for 2015 opening which, given the date, means we at least have the season nailed down. | All Momofuku Coverage [E]

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Also Tracking in Washington, DC: Kinship · Convivial · Hazel · Yona · Unnamed Daikaya Team Ramen Shop · Bantam King


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