Six Restaurant Openings to Watch as America Reopens

Six Restaurant Openings to Watch as America Reopens

This post originally appeared on April 10, 2020 in Amanda Kludt’s newsletter “From the Editor,” a roundup of the most vital news and stories in the food world each week. Read the archives and subscribe now.

Let’s hop right into the stories of the week:

— The Chicago suburbs may enact another indoor dining ban, San Francisco is not graduating to the next, more open color tier; and Portland has decreased capacity limits, following troubling numbers.

— I’ve seen a lot about the efforts to vaccinate restaurant workers across the country. I love that Los Angeles is teaming up with nonprofits to focus specifically on the especially vulnerable population of street vendors.

— Some pretty fun openings this week, including Gatsby, an epic, Art Deco-inspired diner with desserts from my personal fave Umber Ahmad, and Donahue Lounge, an upscale cocktail bar, in D.C.; Vista, a wine bar and mezze spot on the 69th floor of a downtown skyscraper, in Los Angeles; Hinoki Sushiko, a two-floor omakase destination and Izakaya, in Chicago; and Dallas’s first Fuku. Meanwhile, here’s a look at the new Vegas outpost of Thai hit Night + Market.

— And now in the works: A whole slew of restaurants from José Andrés in Chicago and New York, a second location of A.O.C. from chef Suzanne Goin in Los Angeles, and a restaurant with a podcast studio and a book shop in Durham called Queeny’s.

A gorgeous mixed berry pie with a dollop of whipped cream

Umber Ahmad’s mixed berry pie with cornflake streusel and whipped cream at Gatsby in D.C.
Rey Lopez/Gatsby

— A 16,000-person Facebook group has grown into a powerful force in the suburban Santa Clarita dining scene.

— I might need to invest in a mangal for my summer cookouts.

Pair your wine to the vibe, not the food.

— How nonprofits focused on training people how to work in food evolved and expanded their mission during the pandemic.

— A look at halal restaurants in Philly as they prepare for a second pandemic Ramadan.

— In Houston, restaurants devoted to pricey, time-consuming tasting menus are making a comeback.

— Meanwhile New York has seen a boom in spinoff pizzerias from established restaurants and chefs.

— In Seattle, the pandemic may have finally killed off the post-office happy hour.

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