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Three new restaurants at the Piazza at Schmidts are now open. Darling's, a retro diner, Vino, an Italian wine bar, and The Short Half, a modern pub, are all located in developer Bart Blatstein's Second Street piazza.
Laurent Tasic has opened a new Sage French American Café in Hollywood, a sassier version of its older sibling in Fort Lauderdale.
(Miami Herald)
Marie-Claude Mendy has opened Boston's first Senegalese restaurant, Teranga, on Washington Street in the South End. A native Senegalese who has also lived in Paris, London and Washington, DC, Marie-Claude is excited to introduce Boston to her native cuisine.
Ken Oringer announced plans to open his sixth Boston restaurant. Coppa, an Italian enoteca, will feature small plates and fresh pasta, and is expected to open in August.
San Francisco
Roland Passot has closed two Left Bank Brasserie locations, one in Pleasant Hill, another in San Mateo.
(Eater SF)
Joshua Skenes, former chef at Chez TJ in Mountail View and Michael Mina's Stonehill Tavern plans to open a farm-to-table food cart this month. Carte415 will reside at Second Street and Mission beginning this month. Skenes aims to provide great food outside of a formal dining room setting.
Roland Passot has declared a June opening for his foray into the steakhouse genre, LB Steak. The Santana Row hotspot will be a "modern American steakhouse" with more than a little French sophistication.
New York
Daniel Boulud's new downtown casual restaurant, DBGB, is now open on Bowery. The interior is designed to suggest the neighborhood kitchen supply shops, and the menu features artisanal charcuterie, burgers, and beer.
Ed Cotton, formerly of Veritas, is now at BLT Market.
Angelo Sosa is opening restaurant Xie Xie, an Asian sandwich shop, this month. Best known for his sophisticated modern Chinese cuisine, Sosa's prior experience includes Yumcha, Buddakan, and consulting at Merkato 55.
Action Against Hunger, in partnership with leaders from the food and beverage industry, will host its annual Restaurants Against Hunger Benefit on Monday, June 15th, 2009 at New York City's Touch. Jacques Pepin and other noted chefs will be in attendance, and rocker Clara Lofaro will play live music. Tickets are $75 in advance and $100 at the door. For more information, visit
Merkato 55 has changed its name to Le 55. Along with the name change comes a new chef, Philip Guardione, previously of The Four Seasons Hotel in Milan.
(New York Observer)
Shea Gallante is leaving Cru at the end of the month to become corporate chef for David Bouley's restaurant empire.
(New York Times)
Nick Anderer formerly of Gramercy Tavern, will be chef at Danny Meyer's latest project, a "local restaurant" at the Gramercy Park Hotel. Anderer and Meyer are planning a classic, comforting Italian menu inspired by Anderer's travels.
(The Feedbag)
David Bouley has closed Secession, and in its place will open Brushstroke, the Japanese restaurant originally planned for another space on West Broadway.

(New York Times)
Meet the Winemakers, Monday June 1st.

Marseille, French Roast Down Town, and L'Express are all welcoming diners to personally meet winemakers and share wines from renowned Bordeaux producer Andre Lurton (Bordeaux), Vidal-Fleury (Rhone), and Sauvion (Loire) from 7:30pm-12am.

To participate, simply come to one of the restaurants listed above!
Matt Ridgway, formerly of the Oak Room, is heading to SoHo to open Le Pescadeux, the second coming of beloved French seafood restaurant Le Pescadou.
Chris Sileo, co-owner of the East Village's Bowery Wine Co., Mason Reese, co-owner of Paladar, and their partner Dan Maccarone plan to open Destination in the old Boys Room space on the corner of 13th and A in the beginning of the month. The menu will include cocktails, bar snacks, and desserts by Rachel Zoe Insler.
Shigetoshi Nakamura, one of japan's most highly regarded ramen chefs has opened Ramen California in Torrance. He bases his dishes on local seasonal produce, while maintaining traditionally strict standards of broth and noodles.
Mark's Restaurant has merged with Vermont Restaurant & Bar in Los Feliz. The chef and staff have all gone to the new location, leaving Mark's space open.
(Eater LA)
New Orleans
New Orleans Native Irving Karas replaced Miles Prescott as chef of Marigny Brasserie.
Susur Lee, the mastermind behind Susur, Lee, and Madeleine's in Toronto and New York's Shang is opening a restaurant in D.C.'s Donovan House hotel.
(The Appetizer)
San Juan, Puerto Rico:
Israel Calderon was named executive chef at the San Juan Water and Beach Club, overseeing culinary operations at restaurant Tangerine and rooftop Wet Lounge & Sushi Bar. A native of Puerto Rico, Calderon has returned to the island after serving as executive chef at Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Resort in Cancun, Mexico.
Vancouver BC:
Circa Restaurant & Lounge is now open. General manager James Brown and chef Ségué Lepage provide progressive Pacific Northwest cuisine, while promoting share plate style dining.
The B & O American Brasserie at the new Kimpton Hotel has a scheduled opening date in July. Chef E. Michael Reidt (Miami Rising Star Award Winner 2003) is creating an approachable American brasserie menu with an exhibition kitchen and counter seating.
(The Baltimore Examiner)
This month marks the opening of 2009 Rising Star Award Winners Brian McCracken and Dana Tough's new venture, Tavern Law. The 1920s-style classic cocktail bar is located on Capital Hill in Seattle.


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