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Mark Tropea, formerly of the Desmond Hotel in Malvern, is now chef-owner of Sonata, a 40-seat BYOB restaurant in Liberties Walk. The food is contemporary American "with a little flash, but not enough to scare people away," in Tropea's words.
Union Trust, a luxury steakhouse boasting premium aged beef and an extensive raw bar, makes the most of its setting: an ornate former bank on Chestnut Street.
One Sunset will close at the end of the month due to lease renewal issues, though they hope to reopen once the economy picks back up.
(Eater LA)
Michael Voltaggio (formerly of Bazaar)has been appointed the new chef de cuisine at the Michelin-starred restaurant within the Langham Huntington Resort and Spa in Pasadena, replacing chef Craig Strong who left in May.
(LA Magazine)
French chef Laurent Quenioux's Bistro LQ opening up on July 10 in the old Mimosa space on Beverly.
(Food GPS)
Executive chef/owner Mark Peel and GM Jay Perrin of Campanile, are planning to open an "upscale" speakeasy, Glass and Mirrors, in the old Oasis space.
(Eater LA)
Essex, the new Hollywood restaurant from co-owners Greg Link and Hunter H. Hensley debuts this month, featuring gastropub cuisine by chef Chris Ennis and beers selected by Christina Perozzi.
(Eater LA)
New York
Scuderia, sister restaurant to Da Silvano, has hired chef Carlo Apolloni. Before this, the Sicily native cooked at Osteria del Circo.
After some changes in its ruling board, the Mott is set to open this month. Chef Brian Bieler, who has worked with John Fraser and David Chang, has planned a "Soho seasonal" menu.
(Grub Street)
A fire in the early hours of July 4th caused extensive damage to Annisa. The restaurant is now closed, but chef-owner Anita Lo plans to rebuild and reopen in the same space.
(Serious Eats)
Aqualis Grill, a Mediterranean-inspired seasonal seafood restaurant has opened in Fort Greene. This is the first restaurant from owner Gorian Papa, and Chef John Tsakinis runs the kitchen.
Chef Chris Cheung (Monkey Bar) reemerges at Vue, the eighth-floor restaurant in Park Slope's Hotel Le Bleu. His menu of New American dishes will include standards like filet mignon with grilled shrimp, to be enjoyed in the main dining room or adjoining patio.
(The Feed)
The Standard Grill, the new restaurant inside Andre Balazs' Standard Hotel in the Meatpacking District, is now open. The kitchen is headed by chef Dan Silverman (formerly of Lever House and Union Square Cafe), and the biergarten in the back courtyard is set to open soon.
(Eater NY)
Antica Posta owner Marco Betti's new casual dining spot, Joia, has opened in Midtown. The menu from chef Brett Maddox includes a few Antica Posta favorites as well as some new creations.
(Access Atlanta)
San Francisco
Nate Appleman (2007 Rising Star Award Winner) has left A16 and SPQR, and he has a few as-yet-unnamed projects in the works. The parting has been in the works for a few weeks and was amicable. To replace Appleman, the partners have promoted from within. Liza Shaw is now chef at A16 and at SPQR Christopher Behr is chef de cuisine and Hugh Thornton is executive sous chef.
(SF Gate)

James Syhabout will open his first restaurant, Commis, this month. Zack Freitas, who's worked at Manresa, 231 Ellsworth, and WD-50, is on board as his chef de cuisine.
(SFGate Inside Scoop)
Maureen Clancy, former restaurant critic and food columnist of The San Diego Union-Tribune, has shed her pen name (Leslie James) and struck out on her own with a new website and blog.
Oceanaire, parent company of Oceanaire Seafood Room restaurants, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and closed four of its 16 restaurants, including those in Seattle, Cincinnati, Charlotte and Philadelphia.
(Seattle Times)
Bastille Café & Bar is now open in Ballard with chef Shannon Galusha at the helm and Jason Stoneburner as sous chef.
Travis Timberlake has been promoted from chef de cuisine to executive chef at Art and Soul in The Liaison Capitol Hill.
banQ Co-Owner's Mark Raab and Hemant Chowdhury have added sommelier Geoffrey Fallon to their team. Fallon has been the recipient of Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence for the past seven years and has taken part in the Nantucket Wine Festival, Tanglewood Wine and Food Festival and Martha's Vinyard Harvest Festival.
Uncasville, CT:
Bobby Flay is set to open the fourth location of Bobby's Burger Palace early this month at the Mohegan Sun Casino.
(Boston Restaurant Talk)
Hagerstown, IN:
Landmark restaurant Welliver's Smorgasbord will change hands after more than 60 years of family ownership. The as-yet-unnamed buyer will keep Welliver's open and allow the current owners and 50 employees to keep their jobs. The restaurant had been facing closure because of a huge tax debt.
(Inside Indiana Business)

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