1. Homecoming; Orlando, Fla.
Chef Art Smith is bringing his brand to The Happiest Place on Earth, as his latest venture will open in Disney World’s Town Center on July 12, the Orlando Sentinel reports. The 6,000-square-foot Florida-theme concept, Homecoming Florida Kitchen and Southern Shine, seats 200 and will also be home to a takeout window serving up chicken and chopped pork sandwiches and other downhome Southern fare.
2. Kellogg’s NYC, New York City
Taking a page from concepts like Pepsi’s Kola House, Kellogg aims to boost sales and brand awareness via the Manhattan cereal cafe it opened on July 4. Teaming up with Milk Bar chef Christina Tosi, the concept offers specialty cereal bowls as well as desserts made with such breakfast-aisle staples as Froot Loops and Cracklin’ Oat Bran. Most of the cafe’s menu items fall between $6.50 and $7.50.
3. Salt & Char; Saratoga Springs, NY
This new venture from chef Gray Kunz marks his first American restaurant in seven years, Eater says. Formerly of now-closed Lespinasse, Kunz has teamed up with Adelphi Hospitality Group for Salt & Char, a take on the modern steakhouse. The restaurant, which opened earlier this month in the Adelphi Hotel, centers on local ingredients and has plans to debut brunch service soon.
4. Revival Food Hall, Chicago
The 24,000-square-foot food hall—the brainchild of Chicago hospitality group 16" on Center—will feature 15 fast-casual restaurant stalls (including one reserved for rotating pop-ups) serving up fare from such local hot spots as The Budlong, Furious Spoon and Aloha Poke Co.
5. Till; Colorado Springs, Colo.
At a whopping 18,000 square feet, this new Colorado concept—part restaurant, part mercantile—serves up local, farm-inspired fare from its open kitchen. The newly opened spot, which claims it will bring 100 jobs to the Colorado Springs area, has its sights on expanding to other parts of the state, KRDO reports.