Openings

22 Most-Anticipated Summer Restaurant Openings Around the U.S.

By Zagat Staff  |  May 20, 2014

Fall is typically the restaurant world's biggest season for debuts, but this summer isn't looking bad. In LA, the Trois Mec crew and the Umami Burger empire are expanding; in Austin, there's a new spot from the Uchi team; and in NYC, everyone is eagerly awaiting Jean-Georges Vongerichten's vegetarian spot. Read on for info on these and more of the summer's most anticipated restaurant openings. 

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  • New York City

    Last month's list of 10 Spring Openings You Need to Know in NYC covered most of the upcoming big debuts, but here are a few highlights:

    ABC Home Grown: Jean-Georges will open his third eatery within the ABC Carpet and Home complex on East 19th Street, but this time, he's going veggie. This vegetarian-focused concept will open in the former Le Pain Quotidien space, and the food will be globally inspired. Opening date still TBA [via NY Post]. 38 E. 19th St.

    Hudson Eats at Brookfield Place: A high-end food court in this massive Lower Manhattan development, Hudson Eats will feature stalls from some of the city's best quick and/or cheap-eats spots, including Num Pang Sandwich Shop, Dos Toros Taqueria, Black Seed Bagels, Umami Burger and Mighty Quinns Barbecue. Set to open in early June. 200 Vesey St.

    L'Atelier du Joel Robuchon: Two years after his L'Atelier du Joel Robuchon in the Four Season Hotel shut down, the legendary French chef is going to open a new branch of his L'Atelier in Midtown, on 47th St. near Fifth Ave. Though the chef confirmed the restaurant to Zagat last year, there are few other details about it. It is rumored to open in June. 

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    San Francisco

    Kronner Burger: Chef Christopher Kronner, former Bar Tartine chef, drew huge crowds for his high-low burger and poutine with bone marrow to his temporary Mission District location, which closed last year. His permanent spot, in Oakland, is set to open in August. 4063 Piedmont Ave.

    Alembic 2.0: This has been the Upper Haight's landmark cocktail and dining haven for nearly a decade, but for the past few months the kitchen has been partially shut down, serving a light snack menu as its expansion project nears completion. A big, new kitchen will feed the expanded dining room, and chef Ted Fleury will be able to show off his fantastic cooking in this much-larger space. His creative American cuisine will come in the form of small plates and a few large-format plates, like whole fish, lamb shoulder, large rib-eye steak and more. The new space is set to open in late June/early July. 1725 Haight St.; 415-666-0822

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    Philadelphia

    Abe Fisher & DizengoffThe pair of side-by-side Center City restaurants from Zahav’s Steven Cook and Michael Solomonov are expected to launch in June. Dizengoff will be a 25-seat casual hummusiya with a small beer list, the various hummus styles consorting with house pickles and pita for lunch, takeout and early dinner. Abe Fisher will have a full bar and serve dinner to a 50-seat space. The menu of small plates is inspired by Jewish foods from the diaspora (think France, Hungary, Italy, Montreal and even New York). Read more about the projects here1605-27 Sansom St.

    La Colombe Fishtown: Todd Carmichael and JP Iberti are still looking forward to a June launch for their new flagship location on Frankford Avenue. The huge building will house a cafe, a bar, a bakery, a distillery producing “Different Drum” coffee-infused rum and a cupping and tasting center. La Colombe management offices will be there too, relocated from the Port Richmond roasting warehouse. Read more here1335 Frankford Ave.

    BrigantessaChef Joe Cicala is back from Italy with his official Neapolitan pizza certification, and construction is progressing well at this new East Passyunk venture from the Le Virtu team. Late July is the target opening for the enoteca/birreria which will offer a large Italian wine list along with Italian craft beers. As for the food, “It'll be much more than pizza. There's the whole south for our inspiration,” proprietor Francis Cratil Cretarola says. Read more1520 E. Passyunk Ave.

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    Chicago

    River RoastTony Mantuano (above) is scheduled to open his riverside carvery in early July. The lively social house and gathering place will feature handcrafted yet rustic food with plates designed for sharing. The menu focuses on contemporary American tavern fare with dramatic presentations of whole-roasted chicken, which is cold-smoked and then roasted in a specially designed oven; whole-roasted, deboned fish prepared in a tandoor oven; and slow-cooked roast beef. All the meats are carved tableside. Assistant general manager and beverage director Michael Trow is putting together a beer-centric drink menu, including in-house barrel-aged beers. 315 N. LaSalle St.

    The Promontory: The team behind Longman & Eagle venture south with another nose-to-tail restaurant in Hyde Park. The Promontory, named after Promontory Point, is a joint music venture and hearth-driven restaurant with food by chef Jared Wentworth. The team is currently in the process of renovating the historic Piccadilly Theater, which was built in 1963 and once housed a 3,000-seat cinema. 1443 E. Hyde Park Blvd.

  • Los Angeles

    Petit Trois: Not even a year after opening their prix fixe-only restaurant Trois Mec, Lefebvre and fellow chef-partners Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo (Animal, Son of a Gun) have taken over the Tasty Thai space in the same strip mall to open an equally petit French-inspired wine bar in June. In addition to the Instagrammed shot above, Lefebvre has also posted photos of poulet roti (roast chickens), cherry clafoutis and caneles - all French classics that might be hinting to the menu (we hope). 718 N. Highland Ave.

    ChocoChickenThe new concept restaurant from Adam Fleischman's AdVantage Group is finding all sorts of new ways of combining chocolate with poultry and other ingredients. Of course there's the fried chicken itself, but also chicken meatballs filled with molten chocolate, white-chocolate mashed potatoes and other crazy (and some traditional) concoctions. The first opens in the former Corkbar space Downtown, with a second to open in Santa Monica in the fall. Fleischman says more will open around Los Angeles before they take the concept national. Currently set to open on May 29. 403 W. 12th St.

    KazuNori: The blue-crab hand roll master Kazunori Nozawa, his son Tom and the Sugarfish crew will open this new hand roll-only spot near Fourth and Main in Downtown LA this summer. Nozawa started making hand rolls at his famed (and now defunct) sushi bar in Studio City, and any sushi chef that worked there and left to open their own sushi bars served them too, and an LA trend was born. He’ll do it again when Kazunori opens the 25-seat counter on the ground floor of the Old Bank District Parking Garage. Hand rolls - with warm rice, cool seafood and vegetables and crisp nori - will be the main staple, with cut rolls offered as well. If taking cues from Sugarfish, which now has eight locations, we expect to see these roll out across town. Shooting for a July to late summer opening. 421 S. Main St.

  • Dallas

    Knife: Top Chef alum and Spoon master (above) John Tesar’s steakhouse in the Hotel Palomar opened on Friday to much excitement. Though meat will be the centerpiece of the restaurant in the former Central 214 space, you can find fish and fowl on offer as well. Michael Martensen’s cocktail creations liven up the bar. 5680 N. Central Expressway; 214-443-9339

    San Salvaje: Also open for mere days, Stephan Pyles’ new spot right across from his namesake restaurant is a showcase of Latin American cuisines. Ceviches, tacos, tamales, arepas and dishes like escabeche of sea bass and ropa vieja ensure that the region’s most delectable styles of cookery are well represented. 2100 Ross Ave.; 214-922-9922

  • Washington, DC

    America Eats TavernJosé Andrés’ Think Food Group reprises its popular America Eats Tavern - which first popped up in the former Café Atlántico space in Penn Quarter a few years back - but this time in The Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner. The restaurant is aiming to open the first week in June and is vying to become a neighborhood destination that showcases the best of Virginia and America through its history and cuisine. 1700 Tysons Blvd., McLean, VA

    Rural SocietyThe name was just released this week for this highly anticipated dining room from Philadelphia restaurateur and chef Jose Garces. The Argentine steakhouse is expected to open in The Loews Madison Hotel at some point this summer. 1177 15th St. NW; 202-587-2617

    TicoBoston chef-restaurateur Michael Schlow is yet another Northerner interested in courting DC diners with his upcoming Tico, an “American restaurant influenced by Schlow’s travels to Spain, Mexico and Latin America.” The restaurant, which will also feature plenty of tequila, is currently on track to open in the Louis Development June 8. Here's more on what to expect. 1926 14th St. NW

  • Austin

    St. PhilipThe team behind Uchi and Uchiko, with director of culinary operations Philip Speer running the kitchen, is opening this casual spot for pizzas, sandwiches, fresh-baked breads and pastries toward the end of the summer. Sunset Valley, at 4715 S. Lamar

    Launderette and Angry Bear: Chefs Rene Ortiz and Laura Sawicki (both formerly at La Condesa and Sway) are opening a neighborhood cafe and grocery, with a small Sichuan Chinese to-go area (i.e., Angry Bear). It's set to open in late 2014. 2115 Holly St.

    Dai Due: Chef Jesse Griffiths and his team from the all-local supper club and butcher shop are moving from the farmer's market and select events into a brick and mortar, where they’ll serve a daily three-course prix fixe dinner menu with grilled meats, vegetables and fermented items, as well as breakfast and lunch. Set to open in July. 2406 Manor Rd.

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    Boston

    Legal Oysteria: The Boston-based Legal Sea Foods brand is slated to open Legal Oysteria in Charlestown in late June, according to the latest update from a rep. The Italian seafood entry will inhabit the former home of Todd English's Olives, and it's not the only new Legal offshoot coming up. By the end of summer, expect to find Legal on the Mystic inhabiting Somerville's Assembly Row dining and retail development. (No details offered yet on what culinary tweaks that location will entail.) Lately Legal has been making a move toward opening distinct, conceptual restaurants; Legal Harborside allowed the brand to dabble in a multifloor approach that ranged from "downstairs fish market" to "buzzing rooftop bar," and most recently Legal Crossing brought a specifically upscale approach to Downtown Crossing. 10 City Square, Charlestown