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The space that formerly housed Vivaldi will soon be home to Maya del Sol, a Mexican-inflected restaurant. Ruben Beltran, lately of Frontera Grill, will be the executive chef.
Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises Inc. will convert their?Osteria Via Stato into?Roman-inspired pizzaria, Pizzeria Mo.Di, in the coming months. David DiGregorio will be the executive chef.
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New York
Chef Alex Raij and her partners at Tio Pol have opened a new Spanish-flavored spot, El Quinto Pino, in Chelsea.
Anito Lo, executive chef of the fine-dining Annisa and Rickshaw Dumpling Bar, has opened a second branch of her casual outpost in the West Village, just east of New York University.
Nicolas Cantrel, executive sous chef of Country under Doug Psaltis, has been named executive chef of Bobo in the Village.
Matt Hamilton, former chef / owner of the now-shuttered Uovo, will open Belcourt later this month with partner Mehenni Zebentout in the East Village. The menu will be French, with a strong Mediterranean influence.
Rising Star Chef Craig Hopson is the culinary force behind the One if By Land, Two if by Sea renovation. Chef Hopson is the former chef de cuisine of Manhatan's Picholine.
Kerry Heffernan, former executive chef of Eleven Madison Park, will run the line at 154 South Gate in the Jumeirah Essex House Hotel when it opens its doors in late autumn.
StarChef Marcus Samuelsson of Aquavit and Riingo has announced plans to open Merkato 55, a brasserie featuring the cuisines of Africa, in early fall.
Neil Ferguson, former chef de cuisine of Gordon Ramsey at the London NYC has been named the executive chef of Allen and Delancy, former post of StarChefs.com Rising Star Akhtar Nawab of EU.
StarChefs.com Rising Star Tony Esnault will be the chef of Alain Ducasse's Adour at the St. Regis Hotel when it opens this fall.
Devi, the Union Square fine-ding Indian restaurant, has closed. Chefs Suvir Saran and Hemant Mathur are currenly planning a new project.
Chef Sue Torres of Chelsea's Suenos has opened Los Dados, a Mexican restaurant, in Manhattan's Meatpacking District.
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San Francisco
Los Angeles Rising Star Pastry Chef from 2006 Ron Mendoza, formerly of Sona and Boule in Los Angeles and more recently The French Laundry in Yountville is now the Executive Pastry Chef for L'Auberge Carmel and its sister properties Cantinetta Luca and Bouchee in Carmel CA.
Greg Mendel, who was baking the classic French croissants at Tartine Bakery with Chad Martin, has taken his first pastry chef position at Spruce and is in the process of changing the menu.





Pastry Chef Leena Hung, formerly of Fifth Floor and bacar, has joined young, rebellious pastry Chef Matt Tinder, formerly of Brick, to work with Executive Pastry Chef Boris Portnoy at

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OTHER OUTPOSTS
StarChef Eric Ripert will open the French-inflected West End in Washington in early 2008.
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LOS ANGELES
Spago pastry chef Sherry Yard has been named the pastry chef of Red Seven by Wolfgang Puck, which opened in late August in West Hollywood's PDC.
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BOSTON
Dante, Damian and Fillipo de Magistris are doing it again - in Belmont!

The brothers are in the process of converting the old fire station in the heart of Belmont Center, Massachusetts and transforming it into a red-hot restaurant called The Fire House. Slated to open in Spring 2008, The Fire House will feature rustic Italian cuisine created by Chef Dante de Magistris in a country-casual setting.

Designed by Kobus, Tsoi & Associates, the space will remain true to itself and will boast 130 seats, an open kitchen, wood burning grill, large communal table, full liquor license featuring Belmont's first bar and outdoor sidewalk seating. Naturally, the fire pole will remain in the restaurant as well.
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