Openings Around the U.S.: LA Chapter, More

By Kelly Dobkin  |  January 16, 2014

Today in our new 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!

  • NYC: The Clam

    Market Table's Mike Price has soft opened his new seafood restaurant The Clam (partnered with Little Owl's Joey Campanaro) with an official opening date of January 21. The 50-seat eatery displays the namesake ingredient in several dishes, including spaghetti with clams and clams stuffed with pancetta; there's also a lobster roll and an extensive raw bar. A few non-aquatic creatures also make their way into the latest West Village dining room, like a prime Angus strip loin served with Yorkshire pudding. Read more about it here.

  • Los Angeles: LA Chapter and Herringbone

    The new restaurant in LA's Ace Hotel from the Five Leaves folks in Brooklyn has been slowly opening this week as well as the rooftop bar Upstairs and the mezzanine bar. Check out more info here.

    Brian Malarkey's LA outpost of Herringbone in the Mondrian Hotel has been unofficially open for a week with an official opening date of January 17. Check out a sneak peek here.

  • Chicago: Chicago Distilling Co.

    Chicago Distilling Co., opened on Saturday and joins a slew of businesses popping up on Milwaukee Avenue including The Radler and a new bar from the Scofflaw team called Slippery Slope. They're starting with vodka and white whiskey, but has big plans for gin, barrel-aged whiskey and amaro. Since Chicago Distilling Co. does not serve food, it's the perfect place to stop in for a drink before The Radler or while waiting for a table to open up at Revolution. One thing is certain, the large space - which also houses a small retail area - is a haven for the burgeoning local liquor movement.

  • Atlanta: St. Cecilia

    Beginning with lunch service today, St. Cecilia is the first of Atlanta's highly anticipated openings for 2014 to make its debut. It's set in Buckhead's Pinnacle Building, in the space formerly occupied by Bluepointe, and the menu, designed by executive chef Brian Horn and chef-owner Ford Fry, focuses on Italian-inspired cuisine. Horn says his dishes will show a strong influence from Northwest Italy's Ligurian coastline, with starters including a salad of wood-roasted octopus, marinated beans and arugula, and entrees boasting tough-to-find items like triggerfish (served with charred calamari and fennel) and loup de mer (grilled whole and garnished with marcona almonds and citrus). 

  • Credit: Scott Suchman

    Washington DC: Flight Wine Bar

    This new wine bar/small plates restaurant will open on Saturday in Penn Quarter. Co-owner Swati Bose studied at the Sommelier Society of America and the International Wine Center in New York City and has also worked as assistant cellar master at New York’s Balthazar, as a wine server and bartender at Ardesia and as an opening team member at Brooklyn Winery. Chef Bradley Curtis - formerly of DGS Delicatessen, Zaytinya and Graffiato - has created a lineup of such seasonal American dishes. Read more about it here.