1. Rambler, San Francisco
Taking over the space most recently occupied by Wolfgang Puck’s Postrio, Rambler debuted earlier this month inside Hotel Zeppelin. The 100-seat concept from Hat Trick Hospitality—which, for now, serves dinner only—offers up California cuisine with an Italian bent, according to Eater. The space also has two separate bars, one of which seats just four patrons.
2. Ichiran; Brooklyn, NY
The first U.S. outpost of this Japanese ramen brand—which opened to a line of customers hundreds deep—promises to serve up its bowls of broth within 15 seconds, Eater says. Prompting extreme focus on the food, customers are encouraged to dine solo in booths made for one, where they place orders by writing them on slips of paper wordlessly handed to servers. For those who wish to interact with others, a section with more traditional table seating is available.
3. Kuneho; Austin, Texas
Since opening 12-seat Otoko and other concepts in the last year, Austin chef Paul Qui has seen some setbacks, including a spring arrest. But he’s angling to make his next splash, notes Culture Map Austin, with the reconcepting of his eponymous eatery, Qui, as Kuneho, a sushi spot set to open in November. An accompanying cocktail bar, Rabbit Hole, is also in the works.
4. Martha Stewart Cafe; Sacramento, Calif.
5. ‘Merica NYC, New York City
Hitting the scene just in time for the presidential election, this snarky USA-themed restaurant pokes some good-natured fun at national tropes. The space is replete with NASCAR memorabilia and around-the-clock showings of “Walker, Texas Ranger.” Co-partner Zach Neil told PIX11 News that his team is "just trying to bring a little levity and humor into the world.”
6. Glasshour, New York City
This cafe has taken a unique pricing model and run with it, charging customers by the length of time they spend inside rather than by food or drinks consumed. Guests at the concept—which serves up coffee and desserts—are charged $6 for their first hour, then 10 cents for every additional minute up to 4 hours, with a cap of $24, Grub Street says.
7. Bad Hunter, Chicago
This veggie-focused concept from the group behind Chicago spots Pub Royale and Trenchermen seeks to issue new takes on produce-forward fare through wood firing, smoking and fermenting. In a bid to avoid the veto vote, carnivores can choose one of the restaurant’s meat skewers or order its veggie burger topped with bacon.