20 Hottest Fall Openings in 12 Cities

By Zagat Staff  |  August 27, 2013
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Where will you be eating this fall? This week we're taking a look at the hottest openings coming down the pipe in the next few months. Nationally, we've got the hottest openings in our eight blog cities and four other big-ticket food towns. Check out these picks, and keep them in mind for your upcoming travel plans around the U.S.

  • Los Angeles: Republique

    Among restaurants from top chefs coming this fall, keep an eye out for Republique from Walter Manzke and Bill Chait. Taking over from the former Campanile, the space will have an open kitchen, a wood-burning oven, a cafe setting during the day and a wine bar with communal seating at night.

  • Chicago: The Dawson

    The latest project from restaurateur Billy Lawless (The Gage, Henri) taps Next and Alinea alum Rene De Leon to run the kitchen. Reclaimed and natural materials are featured in the dual-level restaurant, which will have an industrial-chic vibe and U-shaped bars on each floor. The menu will highlight elevated comfort food such as chicken-fried rib-eye.

  • San Francisco: TBD

    Building on the immense success of the two-year-old restaurant AQ, Matt Semmelhack's Mercer Restaurant Group has targeted fall to open TBD next door. AQ chef Mark Liberman will also oversee the food program here, but its taxidermy-accented hunting-lodge feel and primal hearth cooking will create a distinctly different environment. Funny enough, the actual opening date is still, well, TBD.

  • Austin: Odd Duck

    Chef Bryce Gilmore made a name for himself with the Odd Duck Farm to Trailer, and in late fall he’ll return to the very same property in a brick-and-mortar location with the same name. Like his other South Lamar restaurant, Barley Swine, the locale will offer “intensely local, seasonal fare” with plenty of playful notes. Come in for lunch, dinner and late-night eats to enjoy the huge patio.

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    Washington, DC: Osteria Morini

    Well-known NYC chef/restaurateur Michael White will bring his rustic Italian concept to the big-windowed Lumber Shed in Capitol South. The three P’s - pastas, prosciutto and parmigiano - are the concept’s strong suits. A fall opening is planned.

  • NYC:  Villard Michel Richard

    Michel Richard has restaurants in LA, DC and Vegas, and this fall he'll debut two new eateries at the Palace Hotel in Midtown East. Pomme Palais, which is opening soon, will be a bakery and cafe, but his Villard Michel Richard, in the former Gilt Space, is the one we're excited about. It will have two dining rooms, one for the chef's menu and another for standard à la carte bistro cuisine.

  • Los Angeles: Redbird

    Neal Fraser has Redbird coming down the pike. It will be set in the former rectory at the Vibiana, with a cocktail program from Julian Cox.

  • Philadelphia: Pizzeria Vetri

    Marc Vetri already has plenty of fine dining under his jiu jitsu belt; this fall, he’s going casual instead with Pizzeria Vetri, set to launch in two weeks on Callowhill by The Barnes.

  • Boston: The Kirkland Tap & Trotter

    Tony Maws (right, with sous chef Dan Scampoli), the culinary maestro of Craigie On Main, is set to open his new venture in September. The nose-to-tail sensibility and rotating burger options crib from Craigie, but Kirkland will offer a more casual vibe with lower price points. Maws sounds like he's playing it simple with Kirkland; but with this James Beard winner, sophistication can be assumed. 

  • San FranciscoAlta CA

    The forthcoming Market Street restaurant from chef Daniel Patterson (Coi, Haven, Plum, Plum Bar) pays tribute in name to the newspaper where Mark Twain once worked and also references California when it was still part of Mexico. Patterson still hasn't offered up too many details about the 65-seat space, but when Alta CA opens - hopefully in the fall - diners should expect a more casual and community-oriented offering than Coi.

  • Austin: Olamaie

    Modern Southern food will get a downtown spin this fall at Olamaie, which will open in the old Sagra space. Chefs Michael Fojtasek (Per Se, Lincoln Ristorante) and Grae Nonas (Lenoir, Son of a Gun) will feature “a menu that focuses on farm-to-table freshness and a dining experience that combines classic Southern hospitality with modern restaurant craftsmanship.” Before the restaurant officially opens, the two chefs are hosting pop-up dinners at places like Fino and Lenoir. Check the schedule and reserve your seats before they sell out.

  • NYC: Gotham West Market

    This epic opening is set to be the ultimate foodie destination when it opens this October, mainly because they'll have, well, everything. Culinary big guns will be moving into this spankin' new day-and-night market, which will be located on the ground floor of a residential building, on the far western end of Midtown.

  • Chicago: Eataly

    Bust out your bright orange Crocs: the day will soon arrive for the opening of Mario Batali’s Italian superstore. Come mid-November, the combined grocery store, restaurant and specialty retailer will debut in 63,000 sq. ft. of prime River North real estate, offering Chicagoans unparalleled access to imported cheeses, cured meats and a plethora of pasta.

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    Washington, DC: Bluejacket Brewery

    The most ambitious project yet from the Neighborhood Restaurant Group will bring a full-scale production brewery, a tasting room, a 200+ seat restaurant and a spacious outdoor patio to the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood near Nationals Park. A recent preview during Beer Week (pictured) has stoked eager anticipation. Coming any day now. 

  • Philadelphia: Volver

    People aren’t surprised anymore when well-known chefs let on they’re planning new launches in Philadelphia. We’ll see more of our Iron Chef when Volver opens in the Kimmel Center - Jose Garces plans to be in the upscale show kitchen several nights each month.

  • Boston: Alden & Harlow

    Former Russell House Tavern chef Michael Scelfo has something new cooking: his highly anticipated Alden & Harlow, which will inhabit the Harvard Square space that used to house Casablanca. Expect a heavy emphasis on seafood and shared plates, plus some Scelfo signatures, like a rotating creative burger offering, as well as the tea-cured pork belly that helped him win Cochon 555 earlier this year. 

  • Miami: Blackbrick

    Street-truck extraordinaire Richard Hales, the chef behind Sakaya Kitchen restaurants, will open Blackbrick this fall in Midtown. The concept aspires to be Miami's neighborhood Chinese restaurant, where Hale will prepare traditional yet modern takes on Chinese soul food.

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    Las Vegas: B&B Burger and Beer at the Palazzo

    Sometime this fall, Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich will open their fourth Vegas restaurant at the Palazzo. Expect a large patio facing Las Vegas Boulevard, bright colors throughout and plenty of TVs for sports. Beers will be from Nevada and Southern California, and ingredients will be sourced locally. There's everything from chicken wings and fried oysters to heros, loaded burgers and Nutella shakes on the menu.

  • Dallas: CBD Provisions

    This "urban-rustic" new eatery from chef Michael Sindoni will open on Main Street in the heart of Dallas' business district this September. Developed and operated by Dallas-based Consilient Restaurants, with interiors by New York-based Claudia Woods, the menu will feature artisanal American comfort food, with a bar program from former Milk and Honey bartenders Chad Solomon and Christy Pope.

  • Nashville: Pinewood Social

    Ben & Max Goldberg, founders of Strategic Hospitality, the folks behind hot spot The Catbird Seat, will open this relaxed eatery/recreation space in a historical 20th century trolley barn. Pinewood Social will serve classic American fare with a large selection of whiskeys and beers, and the space will also house six wood bowling lanes reclaimed from an old bowling alley in Indiana, as well as private karaoke rooms, shuffleboard and televisions.