Laura Lee’sOpened: September 2016Location: Richmond, VirginiaOwner: Kendra FeatherAverage check: $38Description: With a high-low menu philosophy, this new eatery dresses up pub fare with Southern and Asian flavors.
BoleoOpened: August 2016Location: ChicagoOwners: Kimpton Hotels & RestaurantsAverage check: $28Description: Peruvian and Argentine influences are tempered by Chicago sensibilities at this rooftop retreat.
The business of running a restaurant is tricky enough, but when the establishment in question encompasses three floors and some 23,000 square feet, the challenges start to compound. Located in downtown Nashville, Tennessee’s bustling Lower Broadway neighborhood, the Famous Saloon is a 10-month-old “honky-tonk” featuring a restaurant, multiple bars with lounge spaces, a new rooftop terrace, and a stage for live musical performances.
Sophia’sOpened: August 2016Location: Austin, TexasOwners: BDG HospitalityAverage check: $60Description: The supper club makes a comeback at Sophia’s in Austin, where diners are encouraged to linger—or just pop in for a drink.
Nursery rhymes and cocktails may not be an intuitive pairing, but a bit of childhood whimsy is the trick de jour at one bar in San Francisco’s Mission District. Trick Dog, which changes its beverage menu twice a year, has teamed up with satirical website and non-profit publishing company McSweeney’s for its latest collection of cocktails.
Baran’s 2239Opened: March 2016Location: Hermosa Beach, CaliforniaOwners: Jonathan and Jason Baran and Tyler GugliottaAverage check: $35–$50Description: Cuisines collide in this modest Hermosa Beach establishment with subtle nods to a family legacy.
At a cursory glance, Karim Webb and Edward Barnett’s approach to employee retention is straightforward and not unlike other restaurant owners: Invest in your people, and your people will invest in your business.
Sitting poolside with a refreshing drink and a plate of light snacks could be the ideal embodiment of summer. Like many luxury getaways, Omni Hotels & Resorts is delivering on that fantasy—in a way that might leave others green with envy.
Melissa Cookston likes to play with fire. “In a former life, I must have been a pyro because anything dealing with flames, I’m all in. Servers will say, ‘If you open that kitchen door wide enough, you’ll probably see her back there on that wood-fired grill because she loves charring things; she’s got those flames leaping up pretty high,’” she says.
Pontchartrain Hotel’s Food & DrinkOpened: June 2016 Location: New OrleansOwners: AJ Capital PartnersAverage Checks: - Caribbean Room: $80 - Bayou Bar: $22 - Silver Whistle: $13 - Hot Tin: $30Description: In a historic New Orleans hotel, a division of Besh Restaurant Group spruces up with the addition of four concepts.
Spotlights in the rafters and a prominent but not overpowering stage off to the side quickly communicate that Venkman’s—despite a well-stocked bar and expanse of dining tables—is not your run-of-the-mill restaurant.
Imagine owning a restaurant that’s older than our Independence Day celebration. Impossible for most of us to grasp, but restaurants that have stood the test of time are lessons in excellence and entertainment.