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Michael Schwartz's Genuine Pizza Opens at Atlanta's Phipps Plaza

McKENZIE, a boutique design, build and custom fabrication firm in Miami’s industrial Allapattah neighborhood, completed the design of Atlanta’s first Genuine Pizza. Originating in Miami, the restaurant is a concept by award-winning chef Michael Schwartz and part of Genuine Hospitality.

Drew Pearson Opens Sports 88 at Dallas Airport

Concessions International held a soft opening of Drew Pearson Sports 88 at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport last week. Located at Terminal E, Gate 5 the sports bar and restaurant, named after former Dallas Cowboys player Drew Pearson, who wore number 88, will host a grand opening with Pearson signing autographs on January 15, 2018 at 11 a.

Michael Jordan's First Suburban Restaurant Has a Special Twist

When Cornerstone Restaurant Group, the team behind Michael Jordan’s namesake restaurant, scouted Oak Brook 22 as a possible landing spot for his Airness’ first suburban location, the non-traditional locale presented a set of challenges—and one intriguing opportunity to fix them.

Chef Parke Ulrich's Mersea to Open Friday in Treasure Island

Mersea, Treasure Island’s eagerly awaited comfort-casual restaurant, officially opens its doors on January 12.  The restaurant and bar, built entirely of recycled shipping containers, offers an elevated, comfort-casual menu developed by Executive Chef Parke Ulrich and sweeping, panoramic views of the San Francisco skyline, Bay Bridge, and Golden Gate Bridge from every seat.

The Rag Trader and Bo Peep Debut in Garment District

FOX Lifestyle Hospitality Group opened The Rag Trader and Bo Peep Cocktail & Highball Store (70 W 36th St.), a vibrant restaurant and piano cocktail bar inspired by the mid-20th century heyday of the Garment District, when the area boasted the highest concentration of garment manufacturers in the world.

Chef Nina Compton Announces 2nd New Orleans Restaurant

Since opening Compère Lapin in New Orleans’ Warehouse District in 2015, Chef Nina Compton has earned raves and accolades for her unique Caribbean-inspired Louisiana cuisine. She was a finalist for James Beard Awards “Best Chef South” and one of Food & Wine magazine’s "Best New Chefs 2017.

Chef Andrew Gruel to Open Raw Bar by Slapfish in Orange County

Orange County residents can now indulge in their favorite crave-worthy seafood dishes and oysters under one roof with the opening of Raw Bar by Slapfish. Founded by Chef Andrew Gruel—the culinary mastermind behind the 11-unit Slapfish, as well as food hall concepts Two Birds and Butterleaf —Raw Bar aims to become a local hangout, offering chilled seafood and oysters at affordable prices.

Chez Melange Adds Third Concept, Sea Change, to Mix

Since 1982, restaurateur Michael Franks and chef Robert Bell have defied labeling by opening a restaurant that allows people to dress however they want and enjoy an eclectic menu with influences from around the world.

A NYC Champagne Bar Gives Bubbly New Life

Ariel Arce popped open the doors to her very own champagne storyline at the end of June. You might say it’s the 29-year-old’s love letter to her favorite wine. “It’s like you’re walking into somebody’s living room,” she says about the intimate, eclectic, and—above all—approachable wine bar she’s created.

Victory Meat & Seafood Arrives in Elmhurst

Victory Meat & Seafood, a neighborhood steak and seafood restaurant, has opened its doors at 116 North York Street in downtown West Suburban Elmhurst. Co-owned and operated by Culinary Director Chef Joe Farina, Chicago’s preeminent practitioner of classic Chicago-Italian cuisine, the restaurant serves a selection of prime meats and seasonal fish in a Nantucket-casual-meets-city-chic neighborhood eatery.

Temazcal Tequila Cantina to Fourth Location in Massachusetts

Temazcal Tequila Cantina, a vibrant Mexican eatery and tequila bar, will open its fourth Massachusetts location at 660 Legacy Place in Dedham on December 18 for dinner service beginning at 4 pm. The 7,000-square-foot restaurant, adjacent to the Showcase Cinema de Lux, will be Temazcal’s first location south of Boston, with existing outposts in Boston, Lynnfield and Burlington.

Mexican Restaurant La Loncheria Opens in Brooklyn

La Loncheria, a 40-seat contemporary Mexican café from Danny Mena, the chef/owner of Hecho en Dumbo, and Oscar León Bernal, opens today in Bushwick (41 Wilson Ave., Brooklyn, New York). Modeled after the loncheria, a traditional, casual Mexican luncheonette, La Loncheria is the first of its kind in New York, serving updated versions of authentic everyday staples including tortas, tacos and charcoal grilled entrées in a vibrant and comfortable setting featuring bright tiles and warm lighting.

Fine & Dandy Debuts in in Jackson, Mississippi

Fine & Dandy is now open in Jackson, Mississippi, serving diners modern renditions of casual American diner food, classic and playful cocktails and a hospitality program that is modeled after in-home gatherings.

WestEnd Kitchen & Bar Arrives in Hutton Hotel Nashville

Hutton Hotel Nashville unveiled WestEnd Kitchen & Bar, a new restaurant and bar offering inventive Southern cuisine, as part of its multi-phased renovation lead by Studio 11 Design.  Set in the vibrant Nashville neighborhood of West End for which the restaurant drew its name, the food presented will be thoughtful and delicious, drawing inspiration from the culinary team’s southern heritage.