eater: the 33 most anticipated restaurant openings of fall 2012
Though summer isn't yet over, it's time to check in on 33 of the most anticipated restaurant openings in the U.S. for the Fall and, in some cases, late Summer. There's Stephanie Izard'sLittle Goat and Curtis Duffy's Grace in Chicago; a seafood shack from a celebrated L.A. chef (Michael Cimarusti's Connie & Ted's); in New York City, Masa Takayama's teppanyaki concept (Tetsu) and Andrew Carmellini's return to French cooking; Bryan Voltaggio's first DC project (Range); an oyster bar from the folks behind Charleston's Fig (The Ordinary); Michael Schwartz's restaurant in the historic Miami hotel The Raleigh; a Thai project in Austin from the La Condesa team (Sway); and much, much more.
Many thanks to the Eater city editors, as well as the Ulterior Epicure, for their contributions. Feel free to nominate your picks in the comments.
The OrdinaryLocation: Charleston, SC
Chef: Mike Lata
Projected Opening: September
Adam Nemirow and Beard Award-winner Mike Lata, the duo behind Charleston, South Carolina's acclaimed FIG, will open an oyster bar in September. After keeping details under wraps, they announced the name, The Ordinary, three months ago. The space will be part of the new Midtown multi-use development, and Lata hopes it will be an energetic "community restaurant" for people to stop in for a drink, snack, or full meal.
StarsLocation: Charleston, SC
Chef: Nathan Thurston
Projected Opening: August/September
When it opens, Stars will boast three levels and a roof deck that overlooks all of Charleston's Upper King. But it's not just the view that most people will head to the restaurant for, since this is Chef Nathan Thurston's new place. Thurston, who had been at The Ocean Room at The Sanctuary, is bringing his talents right to the city with this one (The Ocean Room was in Kiawah, about thirty minutes away). Thurston recently revealed a menu item, lobster and grits, which is a preparation of lobster presented whole and shelled, “big grits," wood-grilled tamworth ham, charred corn, sweet corn cream, and tomato jam.
Location: New Orleans, LA
Chef: Phillip Lopez
Projected Opening: TBD
New Orleans is getting its own intimate, tasting-menu-only restaurant courtesy of Chef Phillip Lopez. Lopez is the man behind Root, which opened last year and is one of the most ambitious restaurants in the city. At Square Root, he plans on serving ten or fifteen course tasting menus to a small group of guests. Back when the project was announced, Lopez told Eater, "I want to give Michelin guide a reason to come to New Orleans and rate us."
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