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Atlantic City continues to be a draw for New York chefs... Geoffrey Zakarian (Country, Town) is the chef consultant for F&B in the Borgata (specifically the Water Club Hotel), and Michael Schulson (formerly of Buddakan New York) will open a Japanese pub (an izakaya), called Izakaya, this summer.
Paul Liebrandt's new restaurant, tentatively named Restaurant Liebrandt, is coming along well and should be open in June or July, says his architect. The restaurant will have approximately 70 seats and will be more casual than Gilt, with a la carte options and a tasting menu. Liebrandt is currently traveling Korea, cooking a series of dinners at the Lotte Hotel in Seoul, where Pierre Gagnaire will be opening a restaurant later this year.
Chef Akhtar Nawab's (formerly of The EU and Craftbar, almost formerly of Allen & Delancey)newest restaurant project, Elettaria, opens next week on W.8th Street in the West Village.
Pastry Chef Rick Billings (Clio, Boston) will be the newest experimental, cutting-edge member of the NYC pastry scene - he'll be filling the pastry chef position at L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon this spring.
Chef Joel Antunes of JOEL will be trading peaches for apples... This summer, the much-lauded Atlanta chef, who worked and trained in both France and Asia, will be moving to New York City to take over The Oak Room at The Plaza Hotel.
Bellevue's Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar proprietor John Howie will open a new concept steakhouse at The Bravern, a 1.7 million square foot project in downtown Bellevue set to open in September 2008. Howie says he chose to locate his second Eastside restaurant at The Bravern because he believes it will be the most sought-after shopping destination in the Northwest. John Howie Steak will be the Puget Sound's first chef-owned steakhouse.
Ken Oringer needs a new pastry chef at Clio - Rick Billings, who has headed up the pastry program since Alex Stupak left for Alinea in 2005, is relocating to New York City to fill the open pastry chef position at L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon in The Four Seasons Hotel.
Todd English will be making his west coast debut later this month with his newest restaurant, Beso, which will be a concept based on Olives, but with more Spanish and Latin American influences. The restaurant is located in Hollywood, and is partnered with local night club owner, Jonas Lowrance. In the position of head chef will be Katie Hagan-Whelchel, who has been with the co. for 4 years after winning the Cooking Under Fire tv show that Todd hosted.

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