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Michael Schulson has opened Sampan, a "modern Asian" restaurant.
New York
Williamsburg's banh mi joint Silent H is closing. Owner Vinh Nguyen says the space will re-open next spring with added partners and a new concept.
(Grub Street)
Govind Armstrong has closed Table 8 in the Cooper Square Hotel. Armstrong says, "I have made the decision to separate myself and the Table 8 name from the hotel."
(New York Post)

December is a busy month for Michael "Bao" Huynh, who has just opened a new Baoguette outpost in the Financial District and Mikey's Burger in the Lower East Side.
"The historic Vesuvio bakery space in Soho has gotten new life as a new outpost of Birdbath, and its landmark teal storefront will be preserved."
(Tasting Table)
LA Burdick, a New Hampshire chocolate company, has moved into the former Fleur de Sel space in the Flatiron district.
Harbour has closed less than a year after its opening, and a few months after the departure of original chef Joe Isidori. Current employees cite difficulties with the location, and say they may relocate.
Aquavit executive chef Johan Svensson has left the restaurant after three years. The search for a permanent replacement is on, meanwhile, Marcus Jernmark is heading the kitchen.
(Nations Restaurant News)
Sarma Melngailis, owner of raw restaurant Pure Food & Wine, has opened a new branch of One Lucky Duck at Chelsea Market.
The Grill at The Setai has re-opened after renovations, and its Asian menu has been redesigned by executive chef Jonathan Wright.
Chef Jeremiah Bullfrog is launching a new version of his original gastroPod Miami, the "Shiny Twinkie."
(Eater Miami)
New Orleans
"Galatoire's Restaurant has been owned by the same
family for 104 years. But this week, the legendary Bourbon Street
restaurant changed hands twice in 24 hours, with businessman and New
Orleans mayoral candidate John Georges emerging as the majority owner."
(The Times-Picayune)


Fire has destroyed the historic Egremont Inn in the Berkshires. Built in 1780, The Egremont Inn served as a muster point and hospital during the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, and was an active hotel until its demise.
(The Berkshire Eagle)
Scottsdale, AZ:
Furio, one of Scottsdale's hippest Italian restaurants has shuttered after eight years. General manager Tim Flanigan cites the recession and decreased business for the closure.
(Phoenix New Times)
Chef Ris (Doris) Lacoste is set to open the doors of the much anticipated RIS early this month.
(Nycci Nells, via Twitter)

Epic, a new restaurant in Chicago's River North, is set to open mid-December. Epic will be led by a team of seasoned talent: Executive Chef Stephen Wambach, Pastry Chef Christine McCabe, Sommelier Molly Wismeier, and Managing Partner Jon Roberson.
Surya will close mid-December, but owner Sheel Joshi will put many of the dishes on the menu at his other restaurant, Holy Cow.
(Tasting Table)

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