The long hot days of summer are beginning to shorten and small hints of fall are starting to appear. With autumn comes hearty fare, colorful foliage, football and, of course, restaurant openings across the nation. The following projects are the exciting new ventures of some of the nation’s top talent as well as several tried-and-true concepts opening in new markets.
BLT Steak (October 2009)
The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte
110 N College Street
BLT Steak, Chef Laurent Tourondel’s signature modern American steakhouse, will open in the first Ritz-Carlton in North Carolina, as part of the new Bank of America development in uptown Charlotte. As Charlotte has grown steadily, the city has blossomed as a center for business and a destination for dining. BLT Steak will offer prime cuts of beef and fresh fish, as well as a wide variety of tempting side dishes and classic American desserts. The 126-seat steakhouse is located off of the main lobby of the hotel and is accessible both through the lobby and its own separate entrance.
BLT Steak (Late 2009)
Trump International Hotel & Tower Waikiki Beach Walk®
223 Saratoga Road
With access to amazing local fish and tropical produce, Chef Tourondel looks forward to creating new dishes that reflect the flavors of Waikiki at his new BLT Steak in Hawaii. BLT Steak will serve both lunch and dinner, offering prime cuts of beef, fresh seafood, a wide variety of tempting side dishes and classic American desserts. The restaurant is artfully designed by Guerin Glass Architects, and includes vibrant tropical flowers and site-specific artwork. BLT Steak will accommodate up to 180 guests divided among the main dining room, spacious outdoor lanais, zinc-topped bar, lounge and private dining room.
NEW YORK CITY
Bosie (September 2009)
10 Morton Street
Bosie is an upscale European-style tea parlor and café to open in the West Village. It will offer over 100 premium loose-leaf teas from the new L’Age de Thé line sourced, hand-picked and blended by Bosie’s resident Tea Master Kiley Holliday. Bosie will offer a custom line of tea-infused chocolate bars and petit fours by Christopher Norman and a selection of other desserts by Pastry Chef Marie-Kathryn Baillergeau (Jean Georges, Buddakan). Food and chocolate tea pairings are available, and tea-based events will take place in the main parlor and garden greenhouse. Bosie will offer light breakfast, lunch and dinner fare as well as beer and wine service.
Macbar (September 2009)
54 Prince Street
The owners of SoHo’s popular Delicatessen restaurant are trying their hand at America’s favorite comfort food – macaroni and cheese. Located adjacent to Delicatessen, Macbar is fully dedicated to the craft and craving of gourmet macaroni and cheese, featuring 12 unique varieties of the gooey delight. Delicatessen’s Executive Chef Michael Ferraro will oversee the production and creation of each flavor. Every design aspect of the project is influenced by this American comfort food classic, from the “elbow” shape of the restaurant itself to the custom macaroni-shaped packaging. A color palette of taxi cab yellow and dark brown sets the scene for this fun and delicious eatery.
Mermaid Oyster Bar (September 2009)
79 MacDougal Street
Mermaid Oyster Bar, a new joint venture from restaurateurs Cindy Smith and Danny Abrams, will bring a bite of the beach to the West Village. The casual neighborhood spot combines the laid-back fish shack mentality with the duo’s signature sense of style of design and hospitality. The menu, by Chef Laurence Edelman (The Mermaid Inn Upper West Side), reads like an oyster bar’s greatest hits: extensive raw bar boasting a daily selection of 16 types of oysters, seafood bisques, ceviches and fried clams. The beverage program emphasizes cocktails and beers on tap. A rollicking classic rock-country playlist sets the tone. Designed by Susana Simonpietri from Chango Design in collaboration with Smith and Abrams, Mermaid Oyster Bar’s dining room will feature weathered beach shack wood, white-washed walls and exposed brick and pipes. While you won’t leave with sand between your toes, a meal at Mermaid Oyster Bar evokes the nostalgia of summer trips to the beach on every visit.
Motorino (September 2009)
349 E. 12th Street
Motorino will open its second location in Manhattan’s East Village in the former Una Pizza Napoletana space. Since Motorino’s first location in Williamsburg opened in fall of 2008, Chef/Owner Mathieu Palombino and his pizzas have received rave reviews. Frank Bruni named Motorino the best of the New York City’s new generation of pizzerias in The New York Times. While the Manhattan location will be smaller and serve a more limited menu, Motorino’s quality ingredients and authentic Neopolitan pies will remain the same. In addition to eight pizzas, Palombino will offer salumi, formaggi, antipasti, soft-serve ice cream and a selection of pizza-friendly wines.
Quattro Gastronomia Italiana (Winter 2009)
Trump SoHo New York
246 Spring Street
Since opening on Lincoln Road in 2006, Quattro Gastronomia Italiana has been one of Miami’s top dining destinations, known for its authentic Northern Italian cuisine, sophisticated design and European-style service. KNR Restaurant Group will now open a New York City location in the highly anticipated Trump SoHo. The new Quattro will be a 190-seat, multi-level dining experience serving authentic Northern Italian dishes featuring impeccably sourced ingredients. Designed by New York-based Studio A Design, the space is designed in a color palette of emerald green and tan, outfitted with custom Murano chandeliers, black granite, beveled mirrors and buttery leather seating.
Xie Xie (September 2009)
32 St. Marks Place
The second location of Angelo Sosa’s modern fast-casual sandwich shop Xie Xie (pronounced shay-shay) brings the chef’s signature brand of Asian street food to the East Village. Sosa incorporates bold flavors like fresh turmeric, dill and Thai basil with meats and seafood to create a variety of inventive sandwiches served on Xie Xie’s signature breads. Xie Xie is Sosa’s latest venture in a career that has included stints at Alain Ducasse’s Spoons and Stephan Starr’s Buddakan, as well as his own modern Chinese restaurant Yumcha.
MidAtlantic at the Science Center (September 2009)
3711 Market Street
Acclaimed Chef Daniel Stern will open MidAtlantic, a modern taproom that nods to the culinary traditions and roots of the region. MidAtlantic will showcase Pennsylvania Dutch cookery and reference the produce market stalls that ran from the top of Market Street to the banks of the Delaware River in the 1700s. In addition, MidAtlantic will feature a focused beverage program highlighting local beers and spirits and a stage for live music performances.
R2L (October 2009)
Two Liberty Place
A modern interpretation of classic cocktail cuisine with elevated twists on American food, R2L will be one of the region’s most dramatic restaurants. Located on the 37th floor of new residences Two Liberty Place, R2L’s dining room soars 500 feet above the city of Philadelphia affording guests spectacular unobstructed 360-degree views that span over 40 miles into the distance. The stunning setting is the perfect backdrop for Chef Daniel Stern’s lauded cuisine.
Bar Americain (November 2009)
1 Mohegan Sun Boulevard
Blending the intimacy of a brasserie injected with the authentic styles and flavors of American cuisine, acclaimed Chef Bobby Flay brings the second location of his award-winning restaurant, Bar Americain, to Mohegan Sun casino. Opening Bar Americain in New York City in 2005, the midtown Manhattan restaurant quickly became a dining destination while receiving rave reviews including two stars from The New York Times. Flay’s menu celebrates the regional American foods he has grown to love during his travels across the country, and the new location will feature an expansive dining room, seating 275 as well as a bar/lounge area with an additional 45 seats.