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Six Restaurant Openings to Watch as America Reopens

From the Editor: Everything you missed in food news last week

A table set against a thick pane of glass above a twinkling city.
Vista in Los Angeles
Wonho Frank Lee

This post originally appeared on April 10, 2021 in Amanda Kludt’s newsletter “From the Editor,” a roundup of the most vital news and stories in the food world each week. Read the archives and subscribe now.

Let’s hop right into the stories of the week:

— The Chicago suburbs may enact another indoor dining ban, San Francisco is not graduating to the next, more open color tier; and Portland has decreased capacity limits, following troubling numbers.

— I’ve seen a lot about the efforts to vaccinate restaurant workers across the country. I love that Los Angeles is teaming up with nonprofits to focus specifically on the especially vulnerable population of street vendors.

— Some pretty fun openings this week, including Gatsby, an epic, Art Deco-inspired diner with desserts from my personal fave Umber Ahmad, and Donahue Lounge, an upscale cocktail bar, in D.C.; Vista, a wine bar and mezze spot on the 69th floor of a downtown skyscraper, in Los Angeles; Hinoki Sushiko, a two-floor omakase destination and Izakaya, in Chicago; and Dallas’s first Fuku. Meanwhile, here’s a look at the new Vegas outpost of Thai hit Night + Market.

— And now in the works: A whole slew of restaurants from José Andrés in Chicago and New York, a second location of A.O.C. from chef Suzanne Goin in Los Angeles, and a restaurant with a podcast studio and a book shop in Durham called Queeny’s.

A gorgeous mixed berry pie with a dollop of whipped cream
Umber Ahmad’s mixed berry pie with cornflake streusel and whipped cream at Gatsby in D.C.
Rey Lopez/Gatsby

— A 16,000-person Facebook group has grown into a powerful force in the suburban Santa Clarita dining scene.

— I might need to invest in a mangal for my summer cookouts.

Pair your wine to the vibe, not the food.

— How nonprofits focused on training people how to work in food evolved and expanded their mission during the pandemic.

— A look at halal restaurants in Philly as they prepare for a second pandemic Ramadan.

— In Houston, restaurants devoted to pricey, time-consuming tasting menus are making a comeback.

— Meanwhile New York has seen a boom in spinoff pizzerias from established restaurants and chefs.

— In Seattle, the pandemic may have finally killed off the post-office happy hour.

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