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How Boleo Became Chicago's Rooftop Retreat

BoleoOpened: August 2016Location: ChicagoOwners: Kimpton Hotels & RestaurantsAverage check: $28Description: Peruvian and Argentine influences are tempered by Chicago sensibilities at this rooftop retreat.

High Tech Meets Honky-Tonk at Nashville's Famous Saloon

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.

The Sexy Side of Pasta is Alive and Well at Sophia's

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.

How Trick Dog Created One of the Country's Most Creative Cocktail Lists

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.

How Baran’s 2239 Became a Strip Mall Superpower

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.

Two BWW Operators Give Wing to Disadvantaged Youths

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.

Omni Brings Avocados' Innovative Spirit Poolside

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.

The Queen of Barbecue Fires Up Another Showstopper

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.

The Good Times Roll at NOLA's Revitalized Pontchatrain

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.

Atlanta’s Venkman’s Strikes a Chord with Diners

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.