The 21c Museum Hotels were established to revitalize the downtown areas of small and mid-size cities and to attract locals and tourists alike with contemporary artwork and chef-driven restaurants.Even the chefs gain inspiration from the rotating collections of contemporary artwork inside the galleries and the restaurants.
When Tony Conte was in high school, he moved up from a dishwashing job to the craft of pizza making at the local “Best in Town” Italian restaurant. Though he came from an Italian background that personified old-world cooking traditions—with the whole family chipping in to make wine, tomato sauce, and sausage while tending to their backyard garden—it wasn’t exactly love.
First Watch Restaurants announced that it will open two more Nashville-area locations before the end of September. When the restaurants open on September 14 at 3879 Lebanon Pike in Hermitage, and September 28 at 450 Sam Ridley Parkway West in Smyrna, fans of the daytime eatery will be among the first to experience the concept’s updated restaurant prototype design and fresh, new menu.
When restaurant designer and former restaurateur Raymond Haldeman signed on to renovate and rebrand Fins Bar and Grille (formerly The Pilot House) in Cape May, New Jersey, he wanted to make the restaurant more than just another nice place to eat.
At the Urban Outfitters-owned Space Ninety 8, a newly opened retail hub in Brooklyn, New York, Urban’s brand of pop-culture progressivism and comical-ironical kitsch blends with chef Ilan Hall’s tongue-in cheek menu at The Gorbals BK, located on the space’s third-floor mezzanine and rooftop.
Personal touches in décor help guests identify with the culture behind the menu and inspire a deeper connection to the restaurant—that’s what restaurant operators who are serving international cuisine have discovered when they accessorize the restaurant with design elements from their home countries.
Café Spiaggia, the sister restaurant of Spiaggia, reopened July 16 after a seven-week renovation. James Beard Award winning Chef Tony Mantuano created a menu of Italian dishes, including starters like a selection of fresh crudos, warm burrata with plums and celery, and a chef favorite, “Emilia Romagna on a Plate, ”a combination of gnocco fritto, prosciutto di Parma, fonduta, and balsamico.
Bottleneck Management, the Chicago-based restaurant group specializing in dynamic craft beer, draft wine, crafted cocktails, and contemporary American cuisine, announces the forthcoming opening of its first Minnesota location of the Old Town Pour House restaurant concept, slated to open in spring 2016.
The meticulously restored 125-year-old Pilsen landmark, Thalia Hall, has a new musical draw. Combining the socially magnetic properties of lounge piano with the playful depravity of a saloon, the owners of Thalia Hall, Dusek’s Board & Beer (with a menu architected by Michelin-starred chef Jared Wentworth), retro-chic maritime cellar Punch House, and Hyde Park’s hearth-driven bastion The Promontory officially announce the opening of Tack Room, a new cocktail/piano bar concept that furnishes Thalia Hall with another community haven for refreshments, bar snacks and good cheer.
Doma Kitchen, once a local favorite in Redondo Beach, California, with menu items such as signature Belgian waffles and Eastern European-inspired dishes including homemade Borscht, Lagman, and Lamb Plov, has traded in its casual beach vibe digs for a more polished space in Manhattan Beach.
In what may become the largest-ever food sampling event, on July 21 Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar will offer free sampler plates of its popular new Sriracha Shrimp and Churro S'Mores appetizers to guests.
Johnny Rockets announces a development agreement with Cruzar Group LLC to open Johnny Rockets restaurants in El Paso, Texas, including the brand’s new Route 66 expression. Johnny Rockets’ Route 66 drive-thru prototype will offer its same all-American menu to travelers and consumers on-the-go.