Welcome to the Opening Report, Eater’s guide to notable restaurant openings across the country. New York leads the pack this week with showstoppers headed by April Bloomfield and Max and Eli Sussman. Down South, New Orleans’ trailblazer John Besh unleashed his latest seafood project on Nashville, while Midwesterners got a first-taste of Chipotle’s new burger concept Tasty Made. Read on for a rundown of each splashy debut.
White Gold: New York, New York
Hit makers, British chef April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman unveiled their latest undertaking, White Gold this week on New York’s Upper West Side. The pair behind such establishments as The Spotted Pig, The Breslin, and The John Dory Oyster Bar have teamed up with Erika Nakamura and Jocelyn Guest on a meaty butcher shop and restaurant. This time around Bloomfield and Friedman have gone more casual, according to Eater NY. The 38-seat restaurant portion, slated to open November 1 (the butcher shop is now open), will provide guests with a full view of the whole-animal butchery process. Diners can expect a blend of table service and counter service with dishes like rotisserie chicken, breakfast sandwiches, and house-made cold cut sandwiches.
Tasty Made: Lancaster, Ohio
As Chipotle considers pulling back on its Asian chain ShopHouse, this week the company debuted the first outpost of its hotly anticipated burger concept Tasty Made in Ohio. Serving only burgers, fries, and shakes, the restaurant sets itself apart from competitors in true Chipotle style — by serving antibiotic and hormone-free beef grilled-to-order. Alas, the early word from Lancaster customers wasn’t entirely rosy. Diners reported half-filled shakes and undercooked burger patties. Others likened Tasty Made to a similarly limited-menu burger chain In-N-Out and argued they could get more bang for their buck at a Five Guys.
Samesa: Brooklyn, New York
Michigan-raised chefs, cookbook authors, and restaurateurs Max and Eli Sussman launched their long-awaited Williamsburg eatery Samesa this week. Drawing on flavors they experienced growing up in the Detroit metro area (home to one of the U.S.’s largest Middle Eastern immigrant communities), the brothers’ casual market-restaurant establishment serves dishes like za’atar wings, chicken shawarma, and banana ginger smoothies. The pair previously opened another ode to Michigan, Ed and Bev’s in the Berg’n food hall.
Marsh House: Nashville, Tennessee
New Orleans-based James Beard award-winning chef John Besh has finally flung open the doors on Marsh House in Nashville. The latest edition to his growing collection of restaurants, is an all-day Southern-style seafood restaurant on the ground floor of Nashville’s new Thompson Hotel. Eater Nashville reports that chef Justin Cameron of Besh’s New Orleans’ eatery Restaurant August is helming the kitchens at Marsh House. Look out for massive biscuits — a specialty of chef Lisa Marie White (partner in New Orleans’ bakery Willa Jean) — as well as Korean fried chicken sandwiches and a raw bar.
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