Weekly Opening Report: The Week of March 3, 2014

A look into this week’s notable restaurant openings

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Hollywood legend Pink's Hot Dogs food stand is opening its first East Coast location in Lake Compounce amusement park in Bristol in May 2014.

Every week, we take a look at some of the restaurants that have opened or will soon open across the country. Here’s this week’s roundup:


Hollywood legend Pink's Hot Dogs food stand is opening its first East Coast location in Lake Compounce amusement park in Bristol in May 2014, according to a press release. Signature hot dogs will include the “Lord of the Rings,” which is topped with barbecue sauce and onion rings; the “Martha Stewart,” with relish, onions, bacon, chopped tomatoes, sauerkraut, and sour cream; and the “Giada,” which is topped with sautéed peppers, onions and mushrooms, chopped tomato, and shredded mozzarella.



The popular Totto Ramen, which has two restaurants in New York City, is rumored to be opening a new location in Allston, according to a sign spotted that bears that name and its rooster logo at the said restaurant location under construction.



Ristorante LIDI just opened on Daniel Island featuring Italian food, including classics such as caprese, carpaccio, and fried calamari.



Gilbert Langlois, owner of restaurants Chalkboard and Homegrown Caféannounced on Facebook that the two restaurants will close.



The Keg on Sixth, a craft beer bar and restaurant, recently opened in Fort Lauderdale offering internationally-inspired comfort foods, such as flat bread salad, chilled soba noodle salad, pork belly and a wide selection of craft beer and wines on draft.


New York City

General Assembly, an Italian-influenced bistro with an Art Nouveau-inspired dining room, opened in the former Hurricane Steak & Sushi space, according to a press release. The menu, which is influenced by European flavors and French technique with a heavy focus on locally sourced ingredients, includes foods such as rabbit wellington, steak frites, and grilled porgy.

Brothers Eric and Bruce Bromberg of the Blue Ribbon Restaurant Group and Ken Sturm, owner of the Iridium Jazz ClubP.J. Clarke's, and Ellen's Stardust Diner teamed up to take over the 7,100-square-foot space of the 26-year-old Italian restaurant Sambuca, which closed in 2013.

Think Coffee is opening a new location in Chelsea, according to a sign with the coffee shop’s logo that reads, “Coming As Soon As We Can.”

Pan-Mediterranean restaurant Bustan recently opened in the Upper West Side. The restaurant reflects the culinary diversity of the Mediterranean region’s three continents and uses the ancient tradition of cooking in a taboon.

Coffeehouse, bar, and restaurant, Supercore, recently closed after the company’s proprietor told his employees he "doesn't want to do it anymore."

Owners of Tacombi at Fonda Nolita in New York City and La Brisa in Montauk are opening a third restaurant in Flat Iron called Cafe El Presidente the first week of April 2014. The new restaurant will feature an organic tortilleria, a Veracruz-style coffee shop, a juice bar, and a separate taqueria inside the space called "Tacos Madison."

Birdbath Bakery, an eco-friendly café and bakery and the little sister of The City Bakery, recently opened its first Manhattan location at Two Grand Central Tower. This location is the first to feature a juice bar and espresso bar along with take-out breakfast items, sandwiches, and more café food items.

Seven-year-old sushi restaurant Hibino, which specializes in house-made tofu and snacks called obanzai, will open in March 2014 in Long Island City featuring the same menu as its Brooklyn location.


San Francisco

Twelve-year-old San Francisco restaurant Incanto will close March 24 and reopen as Porcellino, meaning “piglet.” The new restaurant will have a more casual concept with a retail store, stocked with take-home prepared foods, a selection of oils and cheeses, and the charcuterie line, Boccalone.


Washington, D.C.

In the heart of the Washington, D.C’s Dupont Circle neighborhood, STK DC, a restaurant expansion of STK, will open in spring 2014, according to a press release.

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