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Chef Nina Compton to Open Bywater American Bistro March 15

Chef Nina Compton will unveil her newest restaurant, Bywater American Bistro (BABs) March 15. Located in the Rice Mill Lofts at 2900 Chartres Street in NOLA’s “Sliver by the River” Bywater neighborhood, BABs will showcase the chef’s culinary craftmanship with seasonal ingredient-driven fare served in a casually elegant and convivial setting.

Darden to Launch Burger Concept in D.C. This March

Darden Restaurants is preparing to open a burger-focused sibling of its high-end steakhouse chain, The Capital Grille. With an anticipated debut in March, according to its website, The Capital Burger will open across from the Walter E.

Bourbon Steak Opens in Orange County

With a modern, seasonal take on the classic steakhouse and a timeless dining experience with a twist and cutting-edge beverage program, Monarch Beach Resort debuts BOURBON STEAK ORANGE COUNTY, the property’s new Michael Mina restaurant and bar.

New Waterloo’s Il Brutto Sets March 12 Opening Date in East Austin

New Waterloo’s Italian restaurant, Il Brutto, is set to open its doors for dinner service on March 12. Located at the corner of Comal & East 6th, the restaurant will serve a menu of traditional, non-regional Italian fare by Executive Chef Erind Halilaj and New Waterloo’s Corporate Executive Pastry Chef Amanda Rockman.

Kathy Anderson Brings Black Rabbit to Life in Nashville

Kathy Anderson has yet again waved her magic wand to give Nashville a taste of the 1920s. From the grand piano in the entry to vintage furniture and high-rise ceilings, Kathy has transformed an 1890’s property into a craft cocktail bar and small plate restaurant called Black Rabbit.

Southern California Diner El Famoso Opens Friday

El Famoso—a Southern California-Mexican inspired diner and bar—will open to the public on February 16 for lunch and dinner at Gables Water Street, a mixed-use development in Las Colinas.After traveling around Southern California exploring the origins and evolution of Mexican street food in that part of the country, owner and creator Charlie Green (better known for bringing Olivella’s to the Dallas Fort-Worth market) identified a forgotten niche in the fusion of Mexican comfort food with its American counterpart.

DE.CO, Wilmington’s First Food Hall, Unveils Plans

DE.CO, Wilmington’s new 12,000 square-foot will be a community anchor for the city’s ongoing revitalization and bring eight innovative kitchens and a central bar to downtown Wilmington. DE.CO will offer guests a thoughtful selection of cuisines from the mid-Atlantic and around the world, while serving as the first chef-driven food hall in the state of Delaware.

Famed Plant-Based Eatery Planta to Open First U.S. Location in Miami Beach

Plant-based restaurant, Planta, is making its way to Miami Beach after partnering with David Grutman. The popular Toronto restaurant will open its first U.S. location in Miami Beach’s South of Fifth neighborhood on Thursday, February 22 by hosting a dinner hosted by Chloe Coscarelli and Planta Chef David Lee during this year’s Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival.

Chef Brian Malarkey Announces New Restaurant Animae

Bosa Development announced its Super Prime Pacific Gate by Bosa's more than 15,000 square-foot ground floor retail space will be anchored by Puffer Malarkey Restaurants’ newest restaurant, Animae. Spearheaded by Christopher Puffer, Brian Malarkey and co-chef and partner Shayne McIntyre, the company is known for its successful concepts, including Herb & Wood, Herb & Eatery, Green Acre, and Farmer & The Seahorse.

Franklin’s Table Food Hall Headed to Philadelphia

MSC Retail announced the forthcoming opening of Franklin’s Table Food Hall, a 10,000-square foot food hall with seven best in class Philadelphia food operators, situated on the main campus of the University of Pennsylvania.

Fort Worth's Upcoming Food Hall Announces Vendors

Four new local culinary vendors will join the FOODHALL at Crockett Row when it opens later this year in Forth Worth, Texas. Chef Grady Spears and the teams behind Tokyo Café, Press Waffle Co. and Not Just Q are the latest operators to join previously announced vendors Knife Burger by John Tesar and The Dapper Doughnut.

Woolworth on 5th Opens February 5 in Nashville

Nashville restaurateur Tom Morales, of TomKats Hospitality, opens the group’s newest restaurant project February 5. Woolworth on 5th, located in the historic arts district in downtown Nashville, will reprise the original Woolworth as a restaurant and live music venue that honors the history and events that took place there.