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From a rotating chefs in residence project in Los Angeles, to a slew of mysterious projects from Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas in Chicago, to the return of Tavern on the Green in New York, this spring is a particularly exciting time for restaurant lovers. A 13-seat ramen bar, a food truck park, and expansions from David Chang, Mario Batali, and Morimoto to look out for, and so much more. Although new restaurants open nearly every day, we've put together a list of some of the most exciting openings we know of so far.
Monsieur Benjamin — James Beard award finalist for Best Chef of the West, Corey Lee will be opening his next San Francisco restaurant in Hayes Valley, and will feature French bistro cuisine. The restaurant, according to Hoodline, will be a late-night spot, and will feature chef Jason Berthold from Per Se and French Laundry.
Location: 300 Ivy, Hayes Valley
Opening: Early Summer 2014
Aveline — Casey Thompson, executive chef of The European, makes her San Francisco culinary debut this spring where she will be showcasing “progressive California cuisine.” Expect lots of fresh veggies, and (from Aveline’s Facebook page), a dish of cubed Iberico pork made with buttermilk curd, green tomato jelly, and ranch consommé.
Location: 490 Geary St.
Opening: Spring 2014
The Progress — The Progress is the much-anticipated next project from James Beard award winners Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski who closed the wildly-popular State Bird Provision for a renovation. They told Eater it will be “the polar opposite of State Bird:” it will be “comfortably big” and will feature small plates.
Location: Next door to State Bird Provisions at 1529 Fillmore St.
Opening: Late 2014
Mary Jo’s English Kitchen — Mary Jo’s will focus on a menu of breakfast, brunch, lunch, and afternoon tea, all in classic British style. Beginning at 2 p.m. each afternoon, the restaurant will serve high tea with finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream, and assorted cakes.
Location: 7918 Ivanhoe Ave. La Jolla
Opening: April 6th
Expansions — Pacific Beach Fish Shop owner Billy Ramirez will open another Fish Shop in Encinitas, hopefully by June (followed by another in North County). Slater 50/50 will open another location in San Marcos in the spring.
Pot at the Line Hotel, Facebook/Pot
POT— Roy Choi’s POT offers “Koreatown and Korean food through the eyes of an American with Korean blood, hot pots, blood soups, frenetic energy, and BBQ.” Located inside The Line Hotel, POT also includes a classic hotel bar, café, and commissary that focuses on fresh produce.
Location: 3515 Wilshire Boulevard
Opening: March 25th
Faith and Flower — Faith and Flower is the first full-fledged restaurant from David Alan Bernahl and Robert Weakley, the team behind LA Food and Wine, Restaurant 1833, and Cannery Row Brewing Company. Executive chef Michael Hung hails from the Michelin-starred La Folie, and executive pastry chef Ben Spungin worked previously at French Laundry. The interior, designed by AvroKO, is an exploration of how Los Angeles has been shaped by the Gilded Age and modern day.
Location: 705 W. 9th St.
Opening: March 31st
Fifty Seven — Chef David Nayfield, previously of the three-Michelin starred Eleven Madison Park, will serve as the first chef in residence for this exciting new project from hospitality group Cardiff Giant. Fifty Seven will feature a rotating list of talented chefs from all over the country for season-long residencies.
“With a limited engagement of a concert or play, you’re more likely to go see it and experience it for what it’s worth versus knowing it’s there forever,” Beau Laughlin of Cardiff Giant told Vogue.
Location: 712 South Santa Fe Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90021
Opening: March 27th
Petit Trois — Petit Trois, from restaurateur team Ludo Lefebvre, Jon Shook, and Vinny Dotolo, will serve as the sister restaurant to the wildly successful Trois Mec. An opening date has not been announced for the “new little baby’’ that will be next door to Trois Mec. Shook and Dotolo are reportedly also working on another restaurant on Fairfax Ave., across the street from trendy restaurant Animal.
Location: 718 Highland Ave.
Unnamed Bryant Ng and Zoe Nathan Project — Bryant and Kim Ng of The Spice Table, along with Zoe Nathan and Josh Loeb (Sweet Rose Creamery, Huckleberry, Rustic Canyon) have teamed up for an upcoming restaurant in Santa Monica featuring Southeast Asian cuisine. Nathan and Loeb will also open a wine shop and wine bar next door.
Location: Arizona and 7th St., Santa Monica
Opening: Summer 2014