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Neil Ferguson has resigned as executive chef of Allen & Delancey. This 2008 NY Rising Star spent years working with Gordon Ramsey (first in London, and then in New York) before bringing his ambitious seasonal cuisine to the Lower East Side. More details on his next position (still in NYC) will come soon...
Opus, a new Italian restaurant on the Upper East Side specializes in making gluten-free food delicious. Chef Giuseppe Lentini, best known for his work at Tini, will keep his garden of gluten-free delights open til 5am.
Walter Foods opens this month in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Balthazar bartender Danny Minch and Barrio Chino owner Dylan Dodd have created a fresh, fun menu that makes the most of their many seafood offerings. Meat lovers won't miss out, though, with the well-executed entrees and sandwiches.
Investors have pulled out of Sheridan Square and its connected tapas bar, Tierra, leaving excellent Executive Chef Franklin Becker and staff out of jobs. Not one to stay idle for long, Becker recently hosted a benefit for Autism Speaks and is looking for a new and exciting project.
Archipelago is now open in the West Village. Chef Hisanobu Osaka, formerly of Morimoto, has created a menu of Japanese delicacies influenced by the cuisines of France and Peru, to name a few.
Double Crown is now open. Executive Chef Brad Farmerie and Chef de Cuisine Christopher Rendell have created a British-Indo-Asian menu, inspired by the cuisine that arose from the mutual influence of British, Indian, and Indonesian cuisines during 19th century occupation. The wine pairings by Wine Director Rubén Sanz Ramiro and cocktails by Mixologist and Bar Manager Brian McGrory follow the same east-meets-west theme. Double Crown and its connected lounge, Madam Geneva are both designed by AvroKo.
Paul Liebrandt opens his new restaurant Corton Friday October 3. Doors crack open just enough for friends and family on October 1, as Liebrandt and staff finalize menu and service procedures.
Chef David Katz opens Meme, his new restaurant this month. The menu takes a seasonal American approach to traditional Mediterranean and Middle Eastern fare. The restaurant is named for his Moroccan-Jewish grandmother.
Nicholas, an exquisite if tiny bistro opened in the shell of a former gelateria on Moyamensing Ave. Chef-Owners Nicholas Matteo and Nicholas Sweeney met at Striped Bass line and most recently worked together at Morimoto. Their new menu changes with the season's produce, and is kept simple and delicious to highlight the quality of product (and the skill of the chefs).
Jose Garces opened his third Philadelphia restaurant, Distrito, to much brotherly love from the city's critics. He's tailored his design to evoke the bustle and color of Mexico City, and the menu is a fresh re-invention of his haute cuisine.
Veil Restaurant and Lounge will close its doors for good just after the third anniversary of its opening. Dinner service will continue until October 16, and brunch will be available the weekend of the 18th and 19th. Chef Shannon Galusha and Managing Partner Erik Lindstrom invite friends and fans to join them for one last toast November 1st, from 7pm - 2am.
Pastry Chef Elise Fineberg, a Seattle Magazine "Pastry Chef on the Rise," is no longer at Taste in the Seattle Art Museum. No word yet on her next stop!
Red Light, the restaurant attached to Motel Blu on Biscayne Boulevard recently expanded service to six nights a week. Chef/Owner Kris Wessel plans to include patio seating downstairs by the Little River. The patio will feature a raw bar covering everything from oysters to frog legs.
Las Vegas
Minus 5 Ice Lounge opens in the Mandalay Park Shoppes. The lounge (as well as tables, seating, and dishes) is made of ice, and guests are kept to a strict 30-minute and 3-drink limit to prevent too much body heat from damaging the crystalline cave. Already a phenomenon in New Zealand and Portugal, the ice lounge is sure to tempt Americans, despite keeping its air conditioning at 23 degrees.
Culinary trailblazer Larry Forgione is hard at work preparing for the opening of his new restaurant in the Wynn Resort and Casino. An American Place, like its forbears, will feature the cuisine Forgione is famous for championing, and is set to open mid-November.
San Francisco
Gaston Acurio's La Mar Cebicheria Peruana is now officially open, and the prime dinner reservation spots are already filling up fast.
BOKX 109 is set to rock Boston. Owner Lou Carrier's luxury restaurant in Hotel Indigo features a poolside view, lush carpet and tapestry, and a cryptic name derived from meatpacking jargon. Executive Chef Evan Percoco, formerly chef at Orlando Hard Rock Cafe and personal chef to Saudi Arabia royalty, has created an upscale steakhouse menu to showcase the best cuts of meat and seafood.
Bryan Ogden, son and former chef with Bradley Ogden, has gone west and opened his own restaurant, Apple. With a main dining room that seats 125 people and a lounge featuring a red apple-shaped disco ball, the younger Ogden is taking LA by storm. The decor, with its neutral tones and clean lines is reminiscent of New York, and the menu features local and seasonal produce, even in the cocktails.
After traveling the world and working a stint at El Bulli, Skokie native Andres Lara has returned home to become Pastry Chef at The Park Hyatt's NoMI. Lara's pastries feature herbs and fruit prominently and draw both from Lara's formal education at Chicago's French Pastry School and a free-spirited joy of discovery.

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