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18 Restaurant Openings to Watch This Week

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

Empress by Boon in San Francisco
Patricia Chang

This post originally appeared on June 26, 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.

Just as June has been a busy month for reopening and reuniting across America, it’s been a busy month at Eater for major features and projects. So before we get into the news and openings below, I want to draw your attention to some special pieces we’ve published this month:

— First, our return to travel. We’ve been publishing updated guides and maps in our local Eater cities throughout the pandemic, but we took some time this spring to update over 100 maps across North America. Now you’ll have updated guidance for you wherever you’re going this summer.

— Over in the Pacific Northwest, we published a whole slew of stories exploring coffee culture in the region, offering guides, features, interviews, and more.

— A little further south in California, Bill Esparza has a four-part exploration of the state’s barbacoa trail. Based on 15 years of dining around the state and two months of intensive research, his feature explores stylistic differences in the region and uncovers an artist who executes “what might be the clearest, most comprehensive expression of ancestral barbacoa in the United States.”

— Finally, we just launched a podcast this week with our friends over at technology site Recode. It’s a food delivery-focused mini-series of their hit podcast Land of the Giants. Over four episodes, we track the impact of third-party apps like DoorDash, UberEats, and Grubhub have on consumers, restaurant owners, the industry as a whole, and delivery drivers. Stick around for episode four, where I co-host and get to talk about my current obsession, virtual chain concepts. We’ll also host a panel with characters from the series today at 1 pm EST.


As one would expect given the state of vaccinations and reopenings in the U.S. (plus pent up demand), it’s been a big month for openings:

— In Vegas, we have the long-awaited Resorts World, the first brand new resort to open on the strip since the Cosmopolitan in 2010. It’s also a resort that’s notably eschewing in-room dining in the hotel and instead telling guests to order from the 40 restaurants downstairs via Grubhub. Meanwhile, the Wynn is about to open a lavish “supper club” and LA import Delilah.

— Los Angeles finally gets to try the latest restaurant from République’s Margarita and Walter Manzke, a french spot called Bicyclette Bistro.

— New York got a Bushwick location of cultishly loved natural wine bar Ten Belles, a fun bar in Williamsburg called Thief, a massive steakhouse in a big waterfront FiDi development from Andrew Carmellini called Carne Mare, a nostalgic Upper West Side diner Old John’s, and the newest addition to Roosevelt Island’s first hotel, Anything At All.

— Major Food Group’s glam rooftop restaurant Contessa and “New American meets new Korean” restaurant Cloud & Spirits opened in Boston and Cambridge, respectively.

— Elsewhere, we’ve got a new location of New York’s Lure in Chicago, a location of London’s Sexy Fish in Miami, and a location of NY/DC bakery Mah-Ze-Dahr in Virginia; two attempts at Chinese-Latin fusions opened in Philly and Miami; D.C. power dining spot the Oval Room flipped to a French-themed La Bise; Greenville has a new destination spot in Camp; and the very exciting revival of the historic Empress of China banquet hall, Empress By Boon, opened in San Francisco.

News & More

— The restaurant revitalization fund stopped prioritizing disadvantaged groups after two lawsuits (filed by white men who actually did get the funding) claimed the SBA was being discriminatory.

— Edouardo Jordan’s entire staff at Salare and JuneBaby quit after the Seattle Times published an exposé detailing multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against the chef.

— New York joined Pennsylvania in pulling back on to-go wine and alcohol sales for restaurants with pretty much zero notice. Restaurateurs found themselves suddenly sitting on thousands of dollars of inventory they couldn’t possibly sell in time.

— You could watch the documentary about Wolfgang Puck but you’d be better off spending a fraction of the time watching this beautiful profile of a tuna and seafood dealer in New Jersey.

Charcuterie board businesses are a thing in Detroit.

— Houston’s getting a new, inclusive, progressive food festival this summer.

— Nancy Silverton is expanding to London just as Daniel Boulud retreats. (Also her ex, the influential chef Mark Peel, died this month after a bout with cancer.)

— Sonic and Dunkin’ launched their weirdly fruity and colorful takes on boba drinks.