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Beacon Bar & Grill has announced the arrival of their new executive chef, Troy Walker. Walker was previously at 15 ria and was involved with the openings of Olives and The Iron Stone.
David Creamer is the new chef at bin1700 in the Crystal City Marriott. David joined Marriott International in 1998 and will be serving up tapas-style selections ranging from a classic Pad Thai to balsamic grilled calamari with a roasted tomato butter sauce.
Pastry Chef Peter Brett has left the Blue Duck Tavern in the Park Hyatt Washington with plans to open his own shop. Taking over his place is Laurent Merdy, most recently the executive pastry chef at another one of Washington, D.C.'s renowned hotels, The Willard InterContinental Hotel.
Two masters of Italian cuisine have gotten together to open up a new fresh seafood venture in Penn Quarter by the end of the year. Chefs Francesco Ricchi (representing Northern Italy) and Enzo Febbraro (representing the South) plan on serving you at their new place, D'Aqua. (801 Pennsylvania Avenue)
Ellen and Todd Gray of Equinox plan to open another Market Salamander, this one right next door to their downtown restaurant. The new market will be a smaller version of the original in Middleburg, VA. Look for a fabulous selection cheeses, wines and gourmet goodies (818 Connecticut Avenue, NW)
Whet Your Appetite: Many new restaurants will open in the coming months, including:
An Adams-Morgan offshoot of the popular Georgetown eatery, Café Bonaparte. The upstairs, named Napoleon will offer a crepes and French-inspired dishes by chefs Jonathan Martin and Jeremy Hand. The downstairs, Metropolitan, will feature music, small plates menu and a Champagne bar. (1847 Columbia Road NW)
Far be it for Chef Roberto Donna to remain idle while his famed Galileo restaurant is renovated. He has journeyed across the Potomac to open a true Italian trattoria, Bebo. (2250-B Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA; 703.412.5076)
Shop to your heart's - and tummy's - content. Behind the new Max Mara store in the uber-fab Chevy Chase Collection is M Café. Chef Gabriele Paganelli and Pastry Chef Susanna Ortega serve house-made brioche, salads and pizzas complimented with an international wine list. For finer dining, take the elevator upstairs to Famoso, also under the supervision of Paganelli. Don't miss the hand-made pastas, bistecca alla Forentina and homemade gelati and sorbetti. (5471 Wisconsin Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD; 301.986.8785)
Chef Morou, formerly of Signatures Restaurant and an Iron Chef contestant, has opened Farrah Olivia inside the Balducci's Market. Morou is dishing up seasonal ingredients with Africa, American and French twists. (600 Franklin Street, Alexandria, VA; 703.778.2233)
Red-hot New York Chef Laurent Tourondel has spread his apron strings to DC, opening an outpost of his famed BLT Steak (Bistro Laurent Tourondel). The signature "blackboard" menu will be prominently featured, highlighting such delights as a double New York strip steak and Kobe rib-eye rubbed with smoked sea salt and smoked black pepper. (1625 I street, NW; 202.689.8999)
Tria, the Rittenhouse Square eatery dedicated to artisanal cheese, vintage wines, and hand-crafted beer, is set to open a second location in January on Spruce Street.
The Main Line welcomed the opening of Susanna Foo's Gourmet Kitchen last week in the Radnor Financial Center. Susanna Foo has hired Robert Boone (Charlie Trotter's, Norman's) to join her in the kitchen to prepare dumplings and other familiar Asian specialties.
San Francisco
Restaurant, jazz club, and cocktail bar Enrico's Sidewalk Café closed on October 30 after 48 years. The owners originally planned to remodel the classic space in the new year, but, after extensive negotiations, were unable to reach an agreement on a new lease with the owners of the building. Singer Lavay Smith was the final performer at the classic establishment.
Napa's Carneros Inn will unveil executive chef Kimball Jones' FARM early in November. The menu is designed to highlight the highest quality ingredients from local producers. In addition to a 300 bottle wine list designed by PlumpJack wine director Gillian Balance, FARM will serve meats carved from whole animas at its in-house butcher shop.
Executive Chef Kelly Degala, Dale Raaen, John Walz, and Stan Raaen are bringing a sister to their Walnut Creek bistro and wine bar Va de Vi to the Letterman Digital Arts Center in Presidio in late November. Called Pres a Vi, it will showcase wine flights and small plates with Spanish, Filipino, French, Italian, and Latin American influences. The dining room plans to offer a full late-night menu, and the cocktail lounge will feature a selection of individual portions, or "Bites," beer, and specialty cocktails in addition to the wine program.
Two new opportunities to sample the tastes of Peru are coming to San Francisco in December. Essencia, headed by Anne Gingrass (from the departed Hawthorne Lane) with Juan and Carmen Cespedes, will bring modern Peruvian dishes to Hayes Valley. Later in the month, Mochica chef and owner Carlos Altamirano will expand into Bernal Heights with regionally focused small plates at Piqueos.
After a very brief but promising run at its Clement Street location, Avenue G has closed. The space has reverted to Pho Tu Do, its previous occupant. Word has it that the changeover resulted from partnership issues, and that Chef Grant Schley may reopen elsewhere.
Estelle Lacroix is the new general manager at Myth. She worked previously at Aqua, The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco, and Masa's.
Ella's in Laurel Heights hopes to extend its wild popularity at brunch into the evening with a new dinner menu. Chef-owner Matt Skov, formerly of Campton Place, and new dinner chef Bradley Sekulich are serving what they call "neo-classical American cooking" featuring horseradish crusted salmon with bloody mary sauce, grilled lamb meatballs, and chive gnocchi in carbonara sauce.
Vince Calcagno, Judy Roger's partner at Zuni Café, is selling his share of the restaurant to Gilbert Pilgrim. Pilgrim left Chez Panisse last December after 20 years.
Jonathan Waxman, of New York's Barbuto, has teamed up with wine expert Stephen Singer to create a casual restaurant with modest price points in the space formerly belonging to Lucy's Café in Sebastopol. They're naming the new spot West County Grill and are recruiting Darren McRonald from Bellavitae in New York to be the head chef. This is the second restaurant from Waxman and Singer. The opened Table 29 in Napa in 1991 but split two years later.
New York
It's a special premiere night for Food Network Challenge in anticipation of Thanksgiving. Tune in to watch four top chefs battle it out on the Challenge floor to see who can create the most delicious Thanksgiving Feast in five short hours and take home the $10,000 prize.
Bring in the samovars. Gary Robins, whose Asian-inflected cooking won raves for years at the now defunct Biltmore Room, is heading uptown to reopen the grand Russian Tea Room this month. New owner Gerald Lieblich has restored the legendary eatery to its former flamboyant glory and Robins will be serving light, modern versions of Russian classics.
Michel Jean has sold his charming Soho restaurant Provence after two decades. New owners Vicky Freeman and Marc Meyer, who already have their hands full with foodie favorites Five Points and Cookshop, plan to keep the name but freshen up the Provengal menu by adding their signature greenmarket spin.
Michael White, who was the chef at Fiamma in Soho and Las Vegas and Vento in the Meatpacking District, and recently penned the cookbook Fiamma: The Essence of Contemporary Italian Cooking, has left BR Guest Restaurants. His successor is Christian Fantoni, who has been in White's kitchen for years.
Pierre Landet replaces Mike Wurster behind the stove of Tribeca's Cercle Rouge, a post originated by David Feau.
Three's a charm. Hip restaurateurs Frederick Lesort and Laurent Lesort have added a third location to their Frederick's franchise (which already includes Frederick's Madison and the loungy Frederick's)-Frederick's Downtown in the West Village. All three eateries feature the Mediterranean cooking of chef Vincent Cirico.
Restaurateur Lannie Ahn has refashioned her Chelsea restaurant again. The tiny eatery opened as D'Or Ahn with talented chef Rachel Yang and a smart French-Korean menu before briefly evolving into Anzu, a sushi restaurant. Now it's been reborn as a Japanese izakaya (sake and snack bar). Expect stylish dishes and high-end ingredients.
Patrick Nuti, who had been at Petrosino and later Osteria del Circo, is now the chef of I Trulli in the Gramercy Park area.
Swedish shuffle. Nils Noren, who was Marcus Samuelsson's chef at Aquavit for years, has joined the academic ranks. He is now the vice president of culinary arts at the French Culinary Institute in Soho. Johan Svensson, the chef at Samuelsson's Riingo, has filled Noren's vacancy. Jimmy Lappalainen, who previously spent time at Aquavit, takes on the top post at Riingo.
More Spanish for everyone. Mani Dawes, one of the owners of popular Chelsea tapas hangout Tía Pol, recently opened an all-Spanish wine store in the East Village called Tinto Fino, with a lovely selection of Spanish fortified wines to boot. Dawes and her Tía Pol partners are also getting ready to open a second, even smaller location of their beloved eatery. Stay tuned for details.
And if you're hankering for more flavors of Spain, run to Boqueria in the Flatiron district, where chef Seamus Mullen turns out Iberian plates in a variety of sizes. Owner Yann de Rochefort also manages Suba on the Lower East Side.
Eric Lind, former chef de cuisine at Bayard's, has jumped boroughs. He's now the chef at the recently opened Flatbush Farm in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.
Ivy Stark, formerly of Dos Caminos and Rosa Mexicano, is working on a new project, Amalia, slated to open in early 2007. More details to come.
Ivy Stark, formerly of Dos Caminos and Rosa Mexicano, is working on a new project, Amalia, slated to open in early 2007. More details to come.
Core 191 has replaced Mathew Kenney's short-lived vegetarian Heirloom on the Lower East Side. Chef/owner Stephan Boissel is creating mostly small plates, such as arctic char with apple gnocchi and green pistachio foam, and mini buttermilk fried chicken sandwiches on toasted brioche.
Adam Shephard has closed his Japanese-inspired Taku in Boerum Hill and rechristened the space as La Lunetta, a casual and appealing Mediterranean spot.
The modern steakhouse is enjoying a renaissance. STK is a sleek and sexy steakhouse in the Meatpacking District with chef Todd Mark Miller, who cooked in Philadelphia and Salt Lake City before landing in the Big Apple, at the helm. His menu offers small, large, and obscene steak portions with the usual side dishes listed alongside more unexpected offerings like truffled fries and sweet corn pudding.
Popular NYC chef Michael Lomonaco also dives into the steakhouse idiom with Porter House New York in the Time Warner Center. It replaced Jean-GeorgesVongerichten's V.
Ben Pollinger, the former chef de cuisine at Tabla, is now the chef at Oceana. He takes over for Cornelius Gallagher, who left in September to join the New York events firm Sonnier and Castle.
Drew Nieporent is collaborating on a new Vietnamese venture with chef Michael Bao Huynh, who owns the popular Bao 111 and Bao Noodles in the East Village. The duo has turned the former Tribakery spot in Tribeca into Mai House, a Vietnamese restaurant.

Laurent Tourondel's BLT Burger opened last week, just steps from the Beard House. It looks like a cozy bistro but operates like a fast-food eatery, serving a small selection of burgers, side dishes, and desserts.
Pizza master Michael Ayoub, who also owns the Williamsburg eatery Fornino, will open Cronkite Pizzeria and Wine Bar this month on the Lower East Side. Expect the same strict use of imported Italian products and homegrown herbs. If pizza's not your thing, Cronkite will also offer has a great selection of antipasti, including truffle-studded burrata cheese from Puglia.
New Orleans
Emeril's Delmonico (1300 St. Charles Ave., 525-4937; reopened on October 25. Chef Emeril and staff happily returned to the newly renovated restaurant that sustained extensive wind damage and other spoiled food-related problems after Hurricane Katrina. In addition, Emeril's Carnivale du Vin event held on October 28 and 29, raised a record amount of over $2.5 million dollars that will benefit the children of the New Orleans area. The Foundation announced the award of over $320,000 in grants to New Orleans charities including a $250,000 initial grant towards the Café Reconcile Capital Campaign to create the Emeril Lagasse Foundation Culinary Learning Center; as well as large grants to America's Second Harvest Kids' Café and Covenant House's Covenant Café.
At Muriel's overlooking Jackson Square, Guy D. Stockrider, C.E.C. replaces Eric Veney, who left earlier this year to work at Stella as executive chef. Stockrider's résumé includes stints at Commander's Palace and the renowned La Moulin de Mougins in southern France.
Sadly we report that Bella Luna, owned by chef Horst Pfiefer and his wife, Karen, will not reopen. Chef Pfiefer has decided to concentrate on his catering business.
Chef Raymond Toups has opened Anatole in the chic Hotel Lafayette, where he is serving contemporary Creole cuisine. Toups was locally trained at the Sazerac in the Fairmont New Orleans Hotel and the Rib Room in the Omni Royal Orleans Hotel.
Eleven 79 has reopened with a new chef, James Sibal, who worked under the late Jamie Shannon at Commander's Palace. The menu will feature the same Italian specialties that made it so popular.
Mat and Naddie's, an uptown favorite for lunch and dinner, has reopened for dinner on the weekends.
Todd English has added another restaurant to his empire: Riche at the Harrah's New Orleans Hotel is English's first and only French brasserie.
Dominique's in the French Quarter is back in business with chef Dominique Macquet at the helm preparing his signature contemporary French cuisine with Asian and island influences.
Two newcomers to the latest gastropub trend are BB's, which opened in August in River North, and Gage, slated to open soon near Millenium Park.
Playful takes on comfort food-that's what chef/owner Gil Langlois (formerly of Rushmore and SushiSamba Rio) will serve at Chalkboard, his new Lincoln Square eatery, which is scheduled to open next week. Langlois's mother Janet will be in the kitchen twice a week making fresh pasta.
Brothers Kevin Shikami and Alan Shikami of Kevin restaurant are hoping for a December opening of Shikago, their new Asian eateryin the downtown financial district.
MK owner Michael Kornick has named Eric Simmons (ex-Bradley Ogden in Las Vegas) as executive chef. Simmons replaces Todd Stein, who says he left amicably after a three-year run.
Chefs Rick Tramonto and Gale Gand, the duo behind Tru, have opened another new spot in the Westin Chicago North Shore in suburban Wheeling, with two more to follow. In addition to Osteria di Tramonto, which we reported on a few weeks ago, the pair has now debuted Gale's Coffee Bar, a Euro-style sweet shop. Look for the openings of Tramonto's Steak & Seafood and RT Lounge in late November.
Inman Park is rife with new, eponymous restaurants: Shaun's, the new restaurant from talented chef Shaun Doty (MidCity Kitchen, Table 1280) is opening its doors on November 18th. Doty says that the restaurant's menu is "simple yet creative," and features "the kind of food I love to cook," like his chicken liver fettuccine, rustic pizzas and house-made desserts and ice creams. The restaurant, which is in the old Inman Park Patio location, features an open kitchen, an antique communal table, and seats 65 inside and 25 on the patio.
Menage a Trois: Trois , the long-awaited new restaurant featuring the talents of Starchefs Rising Star Jeremy Lieb (Le Cirque Vegas), has finally opened. The new establishment, from the creators of One Midtown Kitchen and Piebar, features a modern French brasserie menu. Of course, no Bob Amick restaurant would be complete without a breathtaking design, and Trois doesn't disappoint: the three-tiered restaurant has swanky private drinking rooms, an ultramodern bar, a vast dining area, and walls of blown glass. Reservations are available for dining starting November 13.
Chef Todd Immel, well known for his work at Mumbo Jumbo and Oscar's, is back in Atlanta as chef at Table 1280. Immel recently returned from a position as executive chef at Lumaon the Park in Orlando.
Bob Amick and Todd Rushing's newest restaurant, Trois, opened with a benefit for the Atlanta Symphony Center on November 3. The chef, Jeremy Lieb, comes to the modern French Trios fresh off a 3-year exec chef stint at Le Cirque Las Vegas. Lieb is also an alumnus of NYC's Daniel and Café Boulud.
An outpost of the Florida chain eatery Seasons 52 has opened in Perimeter Center West. Director of culinary development Clifford Pleau has created a seasonally inspired, heath-conscious menu with no item over 475 calories.
Kevin Rathbun of Rathbun's and Krog Bar is set to open Kevin Rathbun Steak just a block from his other two restaurants in Inman Park in early 2007. Designed by Johnson Studio of Atlanta, the steakhouse will hold 180 seats, a wine cellar and tower, an open kitchen, and two private dining rooms.
Vino Libra has opened in Glenwood Park featuring the unusual combination of tasty food, wi-fi, a full bar, and books for sale. The menu was designed by Alex Rosado, who was most recently at Mix in Brookhaven and Rathbun's.

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