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Culinary Institute of America Opening Savor on January 22

The Culinary Institute of America in San Antonio announced Savor, the brand new restaurant at Pearl, will open on Tuesday, January 22. The seasonal Modern American concept is based on the CIA’s curriculum, which teaches cuisines and techniques from around the world.

USC Hangout Bacaro LA Reopens as Bacari West Adams

After 11 years as Bacaro LA and a month-long hiatus for renovations, the popular downtown bar and USC hangout has now reopened under a new moniker, Bacari West Adams, accompanied by a brand new design and menu items.

Union Cantina to Open Union Burger Bar on January 17

Union Cantina, the award-winning Mexican restaurant is officially opening their all-new Union Burger Bar on Thursday, January 17 at 40 Bowden Square in Southampton, New York. The restaurant extension will be co-located with the contemporary Mexican restaurant, offering an assortment of specialty gourmet burgers, fresh hand-cut fries, maniacal milkshakes & desserts and of course an elaborate craft beer and small batch bourbon selection.

Chef Franklin Becker Opens La Central in Chelsea

Opening in New York’s vibrant Chelsea neighborhood, La Central is the new Latin American restaurant from Chef/Partner Franklin Becker located at the neighborhood’s modern Hotel Americano.Inspired by the rich cuisine of Central and South America, with a special focus on bountiful dishes from Mexico City, the concept behind La Central is a collaborative project between Chef Becker, Executive Chef Joseph Abbruzzese (Fusco, Marea), Chef de Cuisine Carlos Cartagena, Pastry Chef Cesar Moreno and the restaurant’s kitchen staff, some of whom have contributed recipes from their native countries.

City Tap Restaurant & Bar Announces Greg Gettles as Executive Chef


City Tap, the elevated American gastropub set to open in Atlanta’s Midtown neighborhood this month, announces that Greg Gettles will serve as Executive Chef. Located at 848 Peachtree Street NE, the restaurant and bar will be City Tap’s seventh location nationwide, joining restaurants in Boston, D.

The Drunken Clam Opens Dallas Pop-Up at The Whip

Henderson Ave. favorite The Whippersnapper is making way for The Drunken Clam, a 30-day pop-up based on the favorite watering hole of the hit TV show Family Guy. The remodeled bar, located at 1806 McMillan Ave.

Chef and Restaurateur Sarah Gavigan to Open Bar Otaku in Nashville

Nashville chef, restaurateur, and cookbook author Sarah Gavigan announces plans to expand the Otaku community by opening Bar Otaku: A Japanese Izakaya on Saturday, January 12. In an effort to unify the successful brand, Gavigan will transform 505 12th Avenue South from her small plates restaurant that occupied the space from January 2017-January 2019, Little Octopus, into the newest evolution of Otaku, a concept offering dinner and late-night service inspired by her time spent in traditional izakayas.

Oriole Team Debuts Kumiko in Chicago

The team behind two Michelin-starred Oriole debuts Kumiko (630 W. Lake Street, Chicago) on the cusp of the New Year. Led by partners Julia Momose and husband-and-wife team Noah and Cara Sandoval, the formal bar showcases the craft of food and beverage with a focus on offerings from Japan, Momose’s home country.

The Veggie Experts Debut Another Rock-Star Restaurant

Just as some people have an epiphany with a special bottle of wine or that first luscious bite of heritage-breed pork, Rich Landau’s aha ingredient moment came a dozen years ago, in the somewhat less likely forms of fresh fennel and eggplant.