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San Francisco
Ebb and Flow, a new raw bar and casual seafood restaurant is now open in the former Craig's Place location. Chef Vincent Schofield helms the kitchen.
The team behind Absinthe and Arlequin are taking over the former Citizen Cake space at Grove and Gough.
Twenty Manning is preparing to undergo a transformation. Owner Audrey Taichman and chef Kiong Banh will close for a monthlong face-lift, and will replace their Asian-inspired menu with friendly grill fare, per neighborhood locals' requests.
Square 1682, a new hotel restaurant lounge named in honor of William Penn has opened at 17th and Sansom Streets.
New York
After declaring bankruptcy last summer, and losing two chefs in two years, Allen & Delancey has closed.
(Grub Street)
Felix Ortiz, NY State Assemblyman in Brooklyn proposed a salt ban bill that will result in a $1000 fine every time a restaurant violates the ban.
(New York State Assembly)
Francis Derby has left his post as sous chef at Momofuku Ssam Bar, and is now working at Shorty's 32.
Bull, a new Korean steakhouse will be opening in the basement of the Galeria in Cambridge, moving into the space where the Japanese and Korean restaurant Shilla resided for more than two decades until closing in the spring of 2009.
(Boston Restaurant Talk)
Landlord 800 Wilshire was given the go-ahead for eviction proceedings against chef Gabriel Morales' restaurant Provecho. The corporation that controls the Mexican restaurant and martini lounge Remedy filed for bankruptcy protection on February 8, claiming nearly $2 million in debts.
(Blog Downtown)
The newest location of Umami inside Fred Segal in Santa Monica is set to open next week, as soon as chef/owner Adam Fleischman gathers the last of his necessary approvals and licenses.
Dee's Place, a new soul food restaurant is currently open for
private events only, and plans to open to the public at the end of the month.
(Tasting Table)
New Orleans
Due to cold weather, Lousiana crawfish harvests are down to only 30% of their usual yield. Expect to pay more or find a substitute shellfish for your gumbo.
(GigaChef - free, login required)
Italy's Ministry of Health has passed a bill that bans the use of food additives in restaurant kitchens "for the security of its citizens." Many of the additives are used in molecular gastronomy to alter food textures. These substances will still be allowed in industrially-produced foods. The ban ends on December 31 2010.
(Caput Mundi Cibus)
London, UK:
"Rose Gray, who founded the River Cafe in London with Ruth Rogers,
bringing many in England their first taste of the simple pleasures of
straightforward Italian cooking, has died. She was 71."
(New York Times)
Healdsburg, CA:
Chef Rudy Mihal (formerly of Odyssey) will head the kitchen of the forthcoming h2hotel and bartending superstar Scott Beattie (Cyrus, Scopa) will be behind the bar.

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