1. Alinea, Chicago
Grant Achatz’s famed Alinea just completed a rebirth of sorts, opening last month after being closed since the start of the year. But the decor isn’t all that’s changed—in its fully redesigned space, Alinea offers three new menus, which vary based on where restaurant patrons are seated, Eater says. The menus range between 10 and 18 courses, and from $175 to $345 per person.
Achatz and partner Nick Kokonas also recently opened Roister, a casual (the term is relative here) open-kitchen concept in Chicago.
2. Cafe Annie, Houston
After spending seven years as RDG + Bar Annie, the Houston spot has reverted back to the name it held for decades prior: Cafe Annie. The eatery—one that had garnered the industry's respect for its take on Southwestern cuisine—hopes to regain the homey feeling it boasted under its previous name by revamping signage and resurrecting old menu favorites, such as crabmeat tostadas and rabbit enchiladas, the Houston Chronicle reports.
3. Four Seasons, New York City
While a full overhaul may not be in its cards, the longstanding home of the “power lunch” has revealed where it will be planting roots when it reopens next year: 280 Park Ave. in Manhattan. The original Four Seasons will close this summer after 57 years in operation, the result of irreconcilable differences between the restaurant’s owners and its landlord. An 18-month renovation of the new space is slated to get underway this week, the Associated Press reports.
4. Ruscello; Costa Mesa, Calif.
In an effort to coax customers to stay (and shop) a while, a Southern California Nordstrom has converted its casual on-premise eatery into a full-service restaurant offering Italian and Mediterranean fare. The remodeled spot features a 10-seat bar, communal seating and an expanded booze list.
“Folks coming into stores can get a cocktail and go try some clothes, and come back and get an appetizer,” Michael Thoms, an area restaurant manager for Nordstrom, told the OC Register.
5. Cafe Henri, New Orleans
In a contrast to their craft cocktail spot (and James Beard Award finalist), the team behind Cure is taking a more laid-back stance with their latest venture—an approachable, “come-as-you-are” eatery inspired by their fathers, Eater reports. Opening this week, the restaurant will serve dinner only, with lunch and happy hour service to be added later. Cocktails will be of the no-frills variety, save for an on-trend frozen Negroni.