Restaurant Opening Report: The Week of May 4, 2014

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A look into this week’s restaurant openings
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Michelin-starred restaurant Rouge Tomate has re-opened their Rouge Tomate Cart outside of Central Park.

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:

Los Angeles

On May 12, chef Bryan Podgorski will open Tanzy Restaurant in Westwood. The Italian concept is a partnership with Florida-based hospitality company iPic Entertainment.

New York

Chef Roberto Santibañez will open his third Fonda location in Chelsea next week. The authentic Mexican food outfit started in Park Slope and features a selection of pork, chicken, and seafood items.

New York Cruise Lines, Inc., will open the North River Lobster Company, featuring a casual seafood dining experience on a Hudson River boat, this spring.

According to Eater, Hank Penza, former owner of the now-defunct Mars Bar, plans to reopen his beloved East Village bar in the new high-rise that occupies its former location.

The Summer Garden & Bar at Rock Center Café will open for the season on May 10 with a new summer design that features a refurbished garden area and lounge seating.

Chef Mazen Mustafa, former executive chef of The Elm Williamsburg, and Jenny Moon, owner of Apiary, have opened Après, a modern American restaurant, in the East Village.

Chocolatier Jacques Torres opened a pop-up store in Grand Central Terminal earlier this week. A Café Grumpy coffee house is scheduled to open in the Terminal’s Lexington Avenue entrance next week.

For the fourth year, Michelin-starred restaurant Rouge Tomate has opened their Rouge Tomate Cart outside of Central Park. In addition to assorted burgers, soups, and appetizers, the cart also features a juice bar.

San Diego

Chef William Bradley of Addison at The Grand Del Mar, will head up the culinary efforts at La Jolla’s Bijou French Bistro, which will open in mid-June. The space will feature a wine bar, dining room, and bar lounge with live music.

Washington, DC

Robb Duncan will open a new location of Dolcezza, his gelato outpost, in Washington, D.C. on June 1st. The 14th St. location will feature a to-go window and Stumptown coffee.

Adam D’Arpino is the Restaurants Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow him on Twitter @AdamDArpino.