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Deep Dish: October 2013

Valerie Gladstone - October 2013

The Peninsula New York (700 Fifth Ave.) is slated to open Clement this month, with Brandon Kida as chef de cuisine. He was on the opening team at Asiate in the Mandarin Oriental hotel. • Restaurateurs Sid Gupta and Marion Maur established Casa Pomona (507 Columbus Ave.) in August, bringing in Don Flores, previously of Morimoto, as exec chef. • Chef Gabriel Kreuther will be leaving The Modern (9 W. 53rd St.) before the end of the year to establish his own restaurant in 2014. It will not be under the umbrella of the Union Square Hospitality Group. The Modern has not announced his replacement. • Chef Shaun Hergatt, formerly of SHO Shaun Hergatt (now The Exchange), and Esquared Hospitality, launched Juni in the Hotel Chandler (12 E. 31st St.) in August. Jason Galang serves as sommelier. He was recently of BLT Fish. • Chad Minton is now riding the range at the Andaz 5th Avenue hotel. He comes from Ojai Valley Inn and Spa in California. • Owner James McGown transformed P.J. Hanley’s, the oldest bar in Brooklyn, into Goldenrod (449 Court St.) in August. Ruben Alban continues on as gm. • Bruce and Eric Bromberg’s Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken (28 E. First St.) began serving in August. When they were kids in New Jersey, their father liked to put honey on take-out chicken, which inspired the recipe for their iconic dish. The rolls and breads come from their Blue Ribbon Bakery Market. • Entrepreneur and artist Dario Oleaga established Vacca Grill & Lounge (416 W. 203rd St.) in August, appointing Humberto Leon as exec chef. He previously worked at Mesa Grill and owned several spots in the same neighborhood, including Ambar Room, all of which are now closed. Lina Tio, from Santiago, Dominican Republic, is the sommelier. • Chef Toshio Oguma is in charge at Tanoshi Bento (1372 York Ave.), which opened next door to Tanoshi Sushi in August. He previously worked at Morimoto. He makes his own soba noodles daily and plans to offer them cold in the summer and hot in the winter. • All potatoes all the time. Allen Dikker, an owner of Potatopia, which opened in Menlo Park, NJ two years ago, debuted a branch in Manhattan, at 378 Ave. of the Americas, in August. The menu includes potatoes au gratin, sweet potato crinkles, smashed potatoes, and potato pie. • Owners Bruce Kravetz, Mark Hausner, and partner Amir Terem opened Barley & Grain (421 Amsterdam Ave.), across the street from Kravetz and Hausner’s Tangled Vine, in August. Terem owned Monaco, where their new place is now located. Eli Kahlon is the chef. He previously worked at Gordon Ramsay at The London. • Nikki Cascone became the consulting chef at Dogmatic (120 MacDougal St.) when it reopened in September, after relocating from Union Square. • Chef Toshio Tomita established Cagen (414 E. Ninth St.) in August. He previously worked at Nobu. • Wayside (139 E. 12th St.), which opened in August, leads a double life: during the day it’s a cafe and in the evening it’s a bar with beer and wine. The chefs are Paul Typaldos, formerly a filmmaker, and Seth Scher, previously a general food consultant. • Frank Delatrain is the new exec chef at Patina Restaurant Group’s Brasserie 8 1/2 at 9 W. 57th St. • Mesa Coyoacán’s chef/co-owner Ivan Garcia opened Zona Rosa (571 Lorimer St., Brooklyn) in August. It includes a rooftop seating area.

Chef Kausik Roy established Aladin Indian Bistro (36 Westport Ave., Norwalk) in August. His Brick Lane Curry House in NYC continues to thrive.

Partners Jason and Shachar Scott and Chris Viola keep the atmosphere of a food truck in their brick-and-mortar The Taco Truck (50 Morris St., Morristown), which opened in August.

Chef Tony Maws opened his second Boston-area restaurant, The Kirkland Tap & Trotter (425 Washington St., Somerville), in September.

Chef/restaurateur Richard Sandoval partnered with chef Juan Romero on the second location of El Centro (1218 Wisconsin Ave., NW), which arrived in August. This month brings Sandoval’s Toro Toro (1300 I St. NW) to town.

Andy Travaglia, owner of Lee & Marie’s Cakery, launched Bar Crudo (40 S. Pointe Dr., Miami Beach) in August. She was joined by chef Reto Von Weissenfluh, who was chef de cuisine at Cooper Avenue. • Chef Jeff McInnis left Yardbird Southern Table & Bar and 50 Eggs Company (both in Miami) in August and was replaced by Clayton Miller of Wit & Wisdom in Baltimore. There’s no word yet on where McInnis will land. • Some complicated history worked itself out in Ft. Lauderdale recently. Fourteen years ago, chef Dean James Max left 3030 Ocean, the dining spot he created at the Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa (3030 Holiday Dr.), asking Jeremy Ford to take over as chef de cuisine. Paula DaSilva held that post prior to Max until she went to 1500 Degrees at Eden Roc in Miami Beach. In August, she returned to 3030 Ocean, joining Ford, who is still chef de cuisine. Max recently opened James Republic in San Diego and has plans for another spot in Ft. Lauderdale soon. • Prominent chef Gastón Acurio is slated to open La Mar by Gastón Acurio at the Mandarin Oriental Miami in December. The all-day dining restaurant, with a seviche and tapas bar featuring Acurio’s acclaimed Peruvian cuisine, will replace the hotel’s Café Sambal.

Stefon Rishel wears the toque at Max’s Wine Dive (2421 W. Seventh St., Suite 109, Fort Worth), which opened in August. He previously held the same position at Sisu Uptown Resort. • Chef/owner James Holmes launched the second Lucy’s Fried Chicken (5408 Burnet Ave., Austin) in September. He is also chef/owner of Olivia, where Cy Buchheister and Angela Lunardi, his current kitchen managers, previously worked.

Pinewood Social (33 Peabody St.) is the newest project in Strategic Hospitality’s portfolio. The social gathering platform, situated in a historic early 20th century trolley barn, will house six wood bowling lanes, private karaoke rooms, and a shuffleboard court, spilling out onto a patio with a bocce ball court and four-foot-deep swimming pool. Slated to open this month, Pinewood will offer classic American diner food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Max and Benjamin Goldberg also own The Catbird Seat and Patterson House.

Standard Market Grill (444 W. Fullerton Pkwy.) a branch of Standard Market (333 E. Ogden Ave.), opened in August, with Brian Wright holding the post of corporate chef. He was at Standard Market before. • A new branch of owner Stan Berman’s Stan’s Donuts (1560 N. Damen Ave.) began serving its popular specialty in August. Rich Labriola of the eponymous bread company is his partner. • Co-exec chef/co-owner Mike Sheerin left Trenchermen (2039 W. North Ave.) in August, after only one year, for personal reasons. He consulted at Parson’s Chicken & Fish immediately afterward, but there’s no word on whether he’s staying. • Graham Elliot’s Grahamwich, which opened in December 2010 with a menu of novelty sandwiches closed on August 5.

Co-owner Peter Bro opened Broder Nord (2240 N. Interstate Ave., Portland), the second location of his Scandinavian restaurant Broder, in October. • Chef Pascal Sauton shuttered his restaurant Milwaukie Kitchen & Wine (10610 SE Main St., Milwaukie) in August, retiring permanently from a life spent cooking.

Chef/restaurateur Tom Colicchio’s newest spot, the 220 seat Tom Colicchio’s Heritage Steak (3400 Las Vegas Blvd. S.), opened its doors in August.

Chef/owner Bruce Hill opened Fog City (1300 Battery St., San Francisco) in September, in the old Fog City Diner spot, teaming up with Fog City Diner founders Bill Higgins and Bill Upson. Hill is also a partner at Real Restaurants and co-owner of Bix, Picco, Pizzeria Picco, and Zero Zero. He gave chef Erik Lowe, who has been the chef de cuisine at Bix, responsibility for the kitchen. • Exec chef/co-owner Fred Sassen established Homestead (4029 Piedmont Ave., Oakland) in August. He was previously at Camino, also in Oakland. • Baku (4515 Sharon Rd., Charlotte) opened in August. The restaurant team includes exec chef Michael Shortino, chef and consulting culinary partner Anoosh Shariat, and gm Brad Byrd. Shortino previously established Roka Akor in Scottsdale, AZ. Shariat was formerly with Charlotte’s Mez at the EpiCentre. The two-story Baku features a top floor constructed of reclaimed wood from a 150 year old Bourbon distillery and handcrafted metalwork on the outdoor façade. Japanese pottery is used as serving dishes.

Owners Roland Emmerich, Jerry Murray, Sue Choi, and brothers Frederic and Nicolas Meschin transformed Dar Maghreb into Acabar (7651 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A.) in August, appointing Octavio Becerra chef. He owned Palate Food + Wine in Glendale, which closed last year. Choi and the Meschins also own The Little Door and Little Next Door. Josh Goldman and Julian Cox of the Soigné Group take care of cocktails. • Michael Ourieff of Michael J’s Catering established 643 North (643 North Spring St., L.A.) in August. Oz Ramuco runs the kitchen, and Adam Acuff takes care of the bar. Ramuco was previously at Faux Pas and Acuff at Far Bar. • Chef Kevin O’Connell turned 9 Olives at Chaplin House into Punk’s (8210 Sunset Blvd. L.A.), a place for live music, in September. • Hakkasan (233 N. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills) opened in September, with Ho Chee Boon wearing the toque. He started his career with the original Hakkasan in London in 2003. Armando Conway of La Descarga creates the Asian-inspired drinks. • Marti Noxon and pastry chef Nan Kohler, who worked at Sweet Butter, established the small batch flour mill Grist & Toll (990 S. Arroyo Parkway), in September, offering freshly baked bread as well as grains for flour.

Eric Liebtag took over as gm at The Corner Office Restaurant + Martini Bar (1401 Curtis St., Denver) in August. He previously held the position of assistant gm at Mercat a la Planxa in The Blackstone Hotel in Chicago.