The 14 Most Anticipated Fall Openings Across the U.S.

By Patty Lee  |  August 19, 2015
Credit: Natalie Paramore

Another season, another round of hot new restaurant openings. Click through our slide show below to see what the chefs in your city have been working on, from upcoming spots by big-name toques like Jose Garces and Stephanie Izard to two major food halls.


    Ponce City Market

    The biggest food development in Atlanta in years has also been one of the most frustratingly delayed, with developers overly optimistic and ambitious — and diners impatient and hungry. But still, it's coming, and with a massive amount of stalls, restaurants and more: Linton Hopkins' H&F Burger and Hop's Fried Chicken, Sean Brock's taco spot Minero, a South African beef jerky bar called Biltong, a '60s-inspired bar called The Mercury from the team behind Decatur's Pinewood… and much, much more. (The newest news? That acclaimed Barbuto chef Jonathan Waxman will open an Italian restaurant at PCM). Zagat Atlanta will have an in-depth preview close to the space's opening, which is happening...

    When: Despite many delays, the first batch of spots plan to open in October; this time around we're inclined to believe that date, as there's a big concert and launch party planned for October 10. With the Indigo Girls and Shawn Mullins as headliners, it'd be pretty embarrassing if nothing were ready to go.
    Where: 675 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE; 404-900-7900

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    Wu Chow

    You may have tasted their Shanghai soup dumplings at a number of events, and a small lucky group got to sample a selection of their dim sum at a pop-up this winter. Now, the team behind Swift's Attic is anticipating that Wu Chow will open Downtown early in the season. Diners can look forward to dim sum and dishes like mapo tofu, salt-and-pepper squid, sweet-and-sour bass, yu xiang eggplant and tangerine beef.

    When: Early fall
    Where: 500 W. Fifth St.

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    Tiger Mama

    And you're gonna hear her roooooar! Tiffani Faison, that is — not Katy Perry. The multitime Top Chef alum is prepping her second restaurant to open at 1363 Boylston Street, just a few doors down from her existing barbecue joint Sweet Cheeks Q. Tiger Mama should be a sexier type of spot serving Southeast Asian cuisines (think Thai, Vietnamese and more) and fun cocktails at two bars, including a tiki-specific space.

    When: TBD
    Where: 1363 Boylston St.

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    Duck Duck Goat

    For her next trick, Stephanie Izard traveled to China to learn about the art of dumpling- and noodle-making. Her takes on Chinese cuisine will be showcased in a West Loop restaurant in partnership with BOKA Restaurant Group.

    When: Late fall
    Where: 857 W. Fulton Market

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    After a crazy amount of buzz and projected opening dates that have come and gone, it looks like Matt McCallister’s second restaurant will finally open in Deep Ellum. The Southern-style bistro will spotlight Southern ingredients and dishes that chef Matt likes to eat when he's not busy cooking for other people at FT33. The menu here will feature items like fried sepia (a type of cuttlefish) tacos with green papaya slaw and green tomato chutney, as well as plentiful options like a massive pork chop for two with braised collard and turnip greens and warm onion jam. Pastry chef Maggie Huff will be in charge of the dessert program, and Jeffrey Gregory will oversee the beverage program.

    When: October
    Where: 2626 Main St.; 214-741-2629

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    Bar Dough

    Hot-shot chef Max MacKissock, in conjunction with restaurateurs Juan and Katie Padro, owners of Highland Tap & Burger, will unveil Bar Dough, directly adjacent to Highland Tap. The 70-seat, 2,200-sq.-ft. space, formerly a bodega, is slated to become a bar-driven Italian restaurant and neighborhood hangout, whose centerpiece, notes MacKissock, is a Mario Acunto wood-fired oven imported from Italy. “It’s the Cadillac of ovens, and it’ll be the focal point of the open kitchen and the restaurant. We want the whole space to be permeated with the smell of wood-fired deliciousness,” he says. Among the design elements of marble, concrete floors, dark woods and red accents, a four-seat chef's counter is also in the works, as is a canopied 25-30-seat patio.

    When: Late September
    Where: 2227 W. 32nd Ave.

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    Foreign Correspondents

    Renowned fishmonger-chef PJ Stoops, who has spent the last several years providing fresh seafood to some of the best restaurants around town and even launched Houston's bycatch movement, will bring Northern Thai cooking to the city, with footnotes on the menu to help guide diners. A standout on the menu is heritage-breed chickens bred specifically for the restaurant. 

    When: Mid-September
    Where: 4721 N. Main St.; 713- 864-2408

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    The new restaurant from Timothy Hollingsworth and Bill Chait's Sprout machine will open alongside the new Broad Museum in Downtown LA. The menu is described as “contemporary American,” with dishes from Hollingsworth’s repertoire like heirloom tomato tart with burrata and petit basil; Hama Hama oysters with grapes and green apple mignonette; spot prawns with basmati rice, piquillo peppers, chorizo and Spanish caper emulsion; and whole grilled striped bass with shaved vegetables, pea shoots and burnt lemon. On the name: “Otium means leisure, peaceful quiet reflection,” says Chait. “The whole vibe of Downtown is social interaction; that’s what makes this area so unique.” Because the restaurant lives in the new park filled with 100-year-old olive trees adjacent to the museum, the outdoors will play a role. “It will be like a sophisticated treehouse,” Chait adds.

    When: September 20
    Where: 222 S. Hope St.

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    Philly mega-chef Jose Garces is finally bringing his food to NYC with Amada, an outpost of the already popular tapas concept in Philly. Garces began his career in NYC and has been plotting a return ever since leaving in 2000. Opening in the multiconcept Brookfield Place in Battery Park​, Amada is named for his grandmother and focuses on Andalusian-style tapas. Garces is "hoping to turn some New Yorkers into Amada devotees.​"​

    When: Late fall
    Where: 200 Vesey St.

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    Bud & Marilyn’s

    The latest 13th Street venture from Marcie Turney and Val Safran is an ode to Turney’s restaurateur grandparents. The sleek midcentury-inspired dining room is almost ready to go with a menu that includes retro plates like pupu platters, short-rib stroganoff and fried chicken. Cocktails are coming via Franklin Mortgage vet Colin Shearn and previews of the dessert menu have been nothing short of game changing. 

    When: Late August
    Where: 1234 Locust St.; 215-546-2220

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    Liberty Public Market

    This ambitious project — promising to rival the public markets around the country found in Seattle, NYC and Cleveland — signed on its first wave of vendors. Shops include Liberty Meat Shop, The WestBean Coffee Roast, Fully Loaded Juice, Venissimo Cheese, Pho Realz, Wicked Maine Lobster, Mastiff Sausage, Cane Patch Pies and Cecelia’s Taqueria, with capacity for 20 more shops. The project by Blue Bridge Hospitality is a $3 million mixed-use market renovating 22,000 sq. ft. of space in historic Liberty Station.

    When: Late October
    Where: 2816 Historic Decatur Rd.

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    Wise Sons Bagels

    Good bagels are about as common as rain in San Francisco. But Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen’s Evan Bloom and Leo Beckerman hope to change that with a forthcoming bagel shop, set to take over the Fillmore’s former Sushi Boom. If the Wise Sons duo can do for bagels what they’ve done for fresh challah bread, kugel and pastrami in their empire that includes a Mission restaurant and shops in the Ferry building and Contemporary Jewish Museum, it’s possible that at last San Francisco’s bagel drought will come to an end. Expect New York–style bagels crafted in-house, along with other Jewish baked goods.

    When: October
    Where: 1520 Fillmore St.

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    Bar Melusine/Bateau/General Porpoise Doughnuts and Coffee

    It’s like Christmas in October for lovers of Renee Erickson’s renowned Walrus and Carpenter and Whale Wins. Taking over a series of spaces on Capitol Hill, she’s putting in a Normandy-style seafood bar (Melusine), a full restaurant (much desired, given the recent closing of her Boat Street Café), and a cafe serving donuts modeled after the famous ones at St. John’s in London.

    When: Early October
    Where: 1414 10th Ave.

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    The Dabney

    Chef-partner Jeremiah Langhorne (pictured right, with business partner Alex Zink) has stirred up plenty of excitement for his upcoming DC debut set to open in Shaw's Blagden Alley. Perhaps it’s his pedigree — he staged at Noma in Copenhagen and served as chef de cuisine at McCrady’s in Charleston, two restaurants well known to those who pay attention to food. The fact that Derek Brown's Columbia Room will reopen upstairs from The Dabney is icing on the cake. 

    When: Mid-September
    Where: 122 Blagden Alley NW

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