Today in our weekly column we take a look at some of the biggest restaurant openings around the country from the nation's most-buzzed-about chefs. And away we go!
Athens, GA: Cinco & Diez
Hugh Acheson recruited local star chef Whitney Otakwa (of Top Chef fame) to helm this new Mexican concept in the space of his now relocated Five & Ten in Athens, GA. The spot is open as of today and you can check out a Q&A with Otakwa here.
One of Houston's hottest openings of 2014 is swinging its doors opening today - the Italian-American from partners Morgan Weber and chef Ryan Pera (Revival Market) is clad in reclaimed wood and has a comfortable 'worn in' feel that makes it already an insta-classic. Read more about it here.
Dallas: CrushCraft Thai Street Eats
This new Asian street food concept is opening its doors on Monday in its new home in Uptown’s Quadrangle development. Hatched by chef Paul Singhapong and restaurateur Jack Nuchkasem, the restaurant will serve traditional favorites (think khao soi and papaya salad) as well as more sophisticated cuisine (sweet pork belly curry and kai yaang) in a fast-casual platform that should fit in well with the neighborhood’s young professionals. Read more here.
Los Angeles: Gracias Madre
A new outpost of vegan Mexican restaurant from the notorious "enlightened" Cafe Gratitude folks opened on Friday in LA called Gracias Madre. Read more about it here.
NYC: Narcissa, The Regency Bar & Grill
John Fraser's (Dovetail) new restaurant Narcissa opens Friday at The Standard East Village and will source produce from hotel owner Andre Balaz's upstate garden. More details coming soon.
Also opening this week is the revamp of legendary "power breakfast" spot The Regency Bar & Grill in the Loews Hotel. After $100 milliion renovation, the hotel restaurant's menu got a slight update with help from the Sant Ambroeus folks. Check out a first look here.