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New York Rising Star Anne Burrell has left Centro Vinoteca -- she will be focusing on her new television show on Food TV, "Secrets of a Restaurant Chef," and other media outlets.
Apothéke on Doyers Street in Chinatown opens to the public September 5th. Early peeks reveal high pressed tin ceilings and plentiful seating. Mixologist Albert Trummer has planned an apothecary-themed drink menu, perhaps as a nod to the space's past life as an opium den.
Derek Brown (Komi), Justin Guthrie (Central), and Owen Thomson (Bourbon), are opening Hummingbird to Mars, a "secret" bar. The trio will mix up cocktails on Sunday and Monday nights for an exclusive crowd. How exclusive? Well, once your reservation is confirmed, you will be given location details and a non-disclosure agreement.
Phil Rodridguez and Joey Belcher, owners of Sticky Rice on H Street, are planning to open 1905, a luxe French Bistro in the middle of this month.
Las Vegas - Carlos Guia, formerly of Commander's Palace in the Alladin (now Planet Hollywood), and recently Executive Chef of Louis' and Louis' Fish Camp, has become Chef de Cuisine at the SW Steakhouse in the Wynn. Sean Kahlenberg replaces Guia as executive chef at both Louis' restaurants.
Miami - Maison D'Azur, the Riviera-inspired French restaurant in The Angler Hotel has closed. Owners Stephan Fortier and wife Tove Nord divorced, and Fortier managed the Maison himself until the end. He plans to re-open in another location.
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Cita's Italian Chophouse in Coconut Grove has recently opened to warm reviews. The new restaurant in the old Red Lantern space serves upscale Italian food worthy of its stylish wood and leather decor.
Hub 51
R. J. and Jerrod Melman, sons of seasoned restaurateur Rich Melman, have opened Hub 51, their first venture. The brothers have built the menu to feature the foods they like to order out - Mexican, sushi, and American staples - and serve their youthful amalgam of cuisines in an appropriately hip dining room.
Pastry Chef Jessie Oloroso, formerly of Scylla, has recently begun selling her handcrafted Black Dog Ice Cream at the retail level. She is making 60 gallons of inventive ice creams, gelatos, and sorbets each week, mostly for local restaurants, and plans to open her own Black Dog Ice Cream shop in the future.
Barrio, the summer's newest "Mexican-inspired" restaurant will branch out into Bellvue within the next year. Owners Larry and Tabitha Kurofsky (Purple Cafe and Wine Bar) will keep the original format of regional Mexican cuisine done in seasonal Northwest style.
Philly gets a new gastropub gem in the form of Devil's Den. The new tenant of Felicia's space in South Philadelphia features 16 rotating taps and 112 artisan bottles, as well as an ambitious dinner and snack menu. Owners Scott and Erin Wallace also own Manayunk's Old Eagle Tavern.
10 Arts, the new bistro in the Ritz-Carlton lobby has opened. Eric Ripert of Le Bernardin in New York created the menu to be a more casual version of his signature cooking style.
Reg Macdonald (Nacional, Tokio, Tinto Tapas) and Jordan Bucky have taken over the former Largo space and plan to transform it into a "New York-style" restaurant and bar, which refers to high ceilings, exposed brick, and other architectural elements. borrowed from the coast with the most.
LAVO, the restaurant and nightclub collaboration between Ludovic Lefebvre and the Tao Group opened for reservations at the end of August. The official grand opening will take place later in September.
Octavio Becerra's new bistro and wine bar, Palate Food + Wine, recently opened in Glendale. The bistro's menu and wine list makes the most of California's bountiful local produce.

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