Waxman’s, San Francisco
Despite concerns about opening a restaurant in Ghirardelli Square, where locals are loath to go, chef Jonathan Waxman and partner Howard Greenstone hope their new split-concept Italian spot will be a draw for diners, Hoodline reports. The 240-seat location—comprised of a fast-casual cafe and a full-service restaurant, as well as additional outdoor seating—will be reminiscent of Waxman’s Brezza Cucina in Atlanta.
Indian Accent, New York City
After considering several opportunities to expand the Indian Accent upscale brand, this concept from New Delhi chose NYC as the home of its second location. Guests at the Indian-focused restaurant can order two ($55), three ($75) or four courses ($95), or opt for a seven-course chef’s tasting menu ($110). Paul Downie—formerly of Eleven Madison Park—serves as director of operations for the NYC outpost, located next to Le Parker Meridien Hotel in Midtown.
Sack Sandwiches, Los Angeles
A scalable rebirth of chef Michael Voltaggio’s ink.sack sandwich brand, this 10-seat open-kitchen concept opened its doors late last month, Eater reports. A second Los Angeles location is already in the works, replacing a former ink.sack unit, and a 1,600-square-foot space next to the original outpost will reportedly open as a full-service Voltaggio restaurant offering dinner only.
La Sirena, New York City
This “modern Italian” trattoria is NYC’s first standalone concept in nearly a decade from B&B Hospitality Group, owned by chef Mario Batali and restaurateur Joe Bastianich. La Sirena’s newly opened space on the plaza level of the Maritime Hotel seats 250, and the concept will debut two private-dining areas as soon as this summer.
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