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StarChefs.com 2005 Boston Rising Star Chef Geoff Gardner has announced plans to open a second location of his Sel de la Terre restaurant. Daniel Bojorquez, Gardner's current chef de cuisine, will oversee the new kitchen.
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LOS ANGELES
LA 2006 Rising Star Chef Jason Travi , formerly of La Terza, has opened rustic-Italian Fraiche in Culver City. Miho Travi is the pastry chef.
LA Rising Star Chef 2006 David Lentz and Chef Suzanne Goin have opened a branch of Hungry Cat in Santa Barbara. Lentz's chef de cuisine is Dylan Fultineer, formerly behind the line at Chicago's Blackbird.
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SEATTLE
New York chef Ian Chalermkittichai - of the eponymously-named Kittichai in?the Sixty Thompson hotel - has plans to collaborate on a Thai-influcend project in Seattle that is yet unnamed.
Herbfarm Executive Chef Jerry Traunfeld, a seventeen-year veteran of the kitchen, has announced plans to open his own restaurant.
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WASHINGTON, D.C.
Peter Brett has taken the place of DC Rising Star Pastry Chef Heather Chittum at Dish and Notti Bianche. Chef Chittum is now at Hook.
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New York
Midtown favorite Patroon announces that their rooftop is now open for lunch with a new seasonal menu.


Marco Rivero, restaurateur behind the ill-fated Porchetta in Brooklyn, has reinvented it as the Argentine steakhouse Carniceria, with Alex Garcia of Calle Ocho as the chef.
Chef Ed Brown, formerly behind the line at the Sea Grill, has announced the name of his new restaurant. It will be called Eighty One and located on 81st Street.
Chef Sue Torres of Sueños will open Los Dados in the former Meet space next month.Los Dados will be Torres' version of a regional Mexican restaurant and taquería.
Ricardo Cardona, formerly of Lua in Hoboken, New Jersey, is the chef of the newly-opened Hudson River Cafe on West 133rd Street. It features river views and a seafood-heavy menu.
Chef Charlie Palmer has announced plans to move Aureole to the new Bank of America tower at One Bryant Park in the spring of 2009.
The Gramercy Park Hotel has announced that it will be the site of Wakiya, a Chinese restaurant. The new chef and partner is Yuji Wakiya of Tokyo. The Gramercy's former deal with Park Chinois and Chef Alan Yau fell through.
Chi Trivedi, former sous-chef under Patricia Yeo at Sapa, has announced plans to open his own Pan-Asian restaurant, Rana, on 28th Street this fall.
Michael White, formerly of Fiamma, is the new executive chef and partner of Alto and L'Impero.
Renowned third-generation Sushi Chef Sotohiro Kosugi, formerly of Atlanta's Soto, has arrived in New York, where he has plans to open a new Soto this Friday. His wife, Maho, will be the chef, while Kosugi will man a twelve-seat sushi bar.
Chef Andrew Carmellini' s A Voce has a new outdoor space, Al Fresco at A Voce, on Madison Avenue. The patio, decorated with citrus trees and flowers that recall and Itlaian villa, will serve classic Italian cocktials and desserts begining May 1st.
2005 StarChefs.com Rising Star Pastry Chef Pichet Ong, formerly of Spice Market, has officially opened P*ONG, a restaurant that showcases his sweet and savory skills. The airy 35-seat space was designed with the help of 2006 StarChefs.com Rising Star Pastry Chef Iacapo Falai of Falai.
Restaurateur Philip Kirsh and Chef Didier Virot, both of Aix on Manhattan's Upper West Side, have united to open FR.OG. in Soho. The restaurant's name representes "France Origin" serves French-inflected Vietnamese, Moroccan, and Lebanese cuisine.
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Chicago
Chef Giovanni DeNigris announced plans to move his restaurant, Trattoria Trullo, to Lincoln Square. The new space will also include a deli, a retail shop, and a patio.
Eric Aubriot, exeuctive chef of Alhambra Palace, has been replaced by both Daniel Wright (formerly of Blackbird) and Bouchaib "Bouch" Khribech, chef & owner of Marrakech Expresso.
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