New Concepts

How to Survive Renovations? Open a New Restaurant

When Vanda Asapahu and her family first purchased the building on West 87th Street in Los Angeles where they would open Ayara Thai, it became clear that renovations would one day figure into the restaurant’s future.

Chicago's Arun’s Reopens with Revitalized Fine Thai Dining

World-renowned Thai chef Arun Sampanthavivat announced the reopening of Arun’s Thai Restaurant in Chicago’s Albany Park neighborhood. An iconic dining destination with a more than 30-year history, the newly reopened restaurant presents a reimagined experience of flavorful and visually stunning cuisine, globally inspired wine offerings, a new focus on craft cocktails and elevated service.

New Asian Fusion Concept to Open at Dallas' HALL Arts

Musumé, a full-service contemporary Asian restaurant, will join Stephan Pyles’ Flora Street Café as the second restaurant at HALL Arts in the Dallas Design District. The 5,000 square foot restaurant with a name that means “daughter” in Japanese is scheduled to open November of 2017.

The Pizitz, Food Hall Opens in Birmingham

A place that bustled with shoppers for generations of Birmingham, Alabama, residents, but then sat empty for 28 years, has been fully revived. The Pizitz celebrated its official grand opening on March 16 and festivities for the local community continued throughout the weekend.

Michael Symon's Atlantic City Restaurant Will Open May 6

Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa announced the May 6 grand opening of Angeline by Michael Symon. Named for his beloved mother, Angel, and inspired by the nostalgic family recipes Michael grew up enjoying, Angeline will feature classic Italian-American dishes in a welcoming setting reminiscent of a timeless Sunday dinner.

Chef Sammy Davis Introduces Milk & Honey Cafe

Winner of the Food Network’s hit show “Chopped” and winner of DC’s Best Main Dish, Chef Sammy Davis introduces a unique concept entitled “global cuisine.” He takes tried-and-true favorites like his 5x Award Winning Shrimp & Grits recipe and adds it to a menu that includes items such as Philly Cheese Steak Biscuits to Maryland Style Crab Benedict, to Vanilla Cognac French Toast, and everything in between.

Former Stone Brewmaster to Open Atlanta Brewery, New Realm

Combining a collective passion for craft beer, partners Mitch Steele, Carey Falcone, and Bob Powers will bring a “New Realm” to Atlanta’s brewing community later this year. The trio announced their new venture in the Atlanta Beltline area in the fall of last year and has spent many hours coming up with the appropriate name to suit it.

Mike Isabella's Arroz to Open in DC on March 27

Washington, D.C. chef and restaurateur Mike Isabella will open Arroz in the Marriott Marquis Washington, D.C on March 27 for dinner, lunch, and weekend brunch service will begin later this spring. Arroz, Spanish for rice, is Isabella’s contemporary take on the cuisines of Southern Spain and Morocco.

Southern Cut Barbecue Now Open in Chicago

David Flom and Matt Moore, proprietors and co-owners of the new Southern Cut Barbecue, have hired America’s most famous pitmaster and barbecue expert to run the show: Celebrity Chef Lee Ann Whippen, star of TLC’s “BBQ Pitmasters.

Sage Restaurant Group Opens Pint Brothers Alehouse in Denver

Sage Restaurant Group (SRG)—the Denver-based independent restaurant group dedicated to providing innovative, playful, and locally focused food and beverage experiences—announced the opening of a new restaurant & bar concept, Pint Brothers Alehouse, in Denver.

Lightkeepers Coastal Cuisine and Crafted Cocktails Now Open on Key Biscayne

Lightkeepers, the casually elegant new restaurant and bar at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami will make its debut. Located just off the island’s gorgeous waters, Lightkeepers will feature a contemporary, coastal-inspired dining room, a cool, casual indoor/outdoor bar and a beverage program featuring unique, hand-crafted cocktails.

Former Cecconi's Chef Brings Innovative Italian Back to Torrance

The highly anticipated comeback of Lou Giovannetti restaurant has recently opened its doors as Primo Italia in Torrance’s Hillside Village in Los Angeles.Giovannetti is no stranger to the South Bay. His previously owned restaurant, Lou’s on the Hill, was a hotspot for all to see.

Table 301 to Open Modern Italian Kitchen Jianna in Greenville

Jianna aims to be one of the most highly anticipated openings of 2017. Jianna is a modern Italian kitchen that will feature modern Italian cuisine and freshly shucked oysters. The restaurant will have an open kitchen, massive bar and pasta making area to allow the team to make fresh pasta daily.