Weekly Opening Report: The Week of July 8, 2013

A look into this week’s notable restaurant openings

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:

Chicago, IL
County Barbecue: County Barbecue is now open on Taylor Street, Eater Chicago reported, serving barbecued food like the “Chicago Rib Tips,” chopped brisket sandwiches, and smoked bacon and fried green tomato sandwich. Look for their bacon bar, sundaes, cocktails, and craft beers.

Hong Kong
Paco Roncero Catering at VIEW 62: According to a press release, Paco Roncero is introducing his new catering concept at his revolving restaurant, VIEW 62, which opened last year. His new “Paco Roncero Catering” will create a menu for clients for corporate events, product launches, cocktail parties, team-building, wedding banquets, and VIP entertainments at VIEW 62. Menu items will feature Chef Roncero’s modernist-style cuisine, such as scallop skewers with caper vinaigrette, Nitro pistachio chocolate, and melon caviar.

Las Vegas, NV
Rx Boiler Room: Rx Boiler Room, a Steampunk-inspired restaurant and bar, opened in Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, according to a release. Chef’s Rick Moonen’s new restaurant brings a playful twist to comfort food, with dishes like the inside-out French onion grilled cheese and the “Mac + Cheese x Five.” Their cocktail menu includes interesting drinks such as “Some Like It Hot,” “Mario Took The Wrong Warp Pipe,” and “Smoked Whiskey & Cola.”

Minneapolis, MN
La Fresca: La Fresca is set to open in October near Washburn High School, Southwest Journal reported. There will be an open kitchen that will be making items like Mexican-style ice cream, grass-fed burgers, and “European comfort food.”

Paramus, New Jersey
Shake Shack: The burgers, fries and shakes restaurant chain is opening its first location in New Jersey at 479 Route 17 South, according to North Jersey. It is slated to open in the fall.

Brooklyn, NY
Place to Beach:  A Mexican restaurant and bar called Place to Beach has opened in Luna Park, an amusement park in Coney Island, according to a press release. The concession’s window will serve tacos, burritos, and salads, and the outdoor deck area will have a full-service menu and bar with starters like guacamole and chips and crispy fried plantains, as well as entrees such as herb-marinated steak with roasted garlic and Pasilla Chile sauce. The concession’s window by the boardwalk will be open from June 14th to October 31st, and the porch dining area will be open from 12PM – 10PM Monday through Thursday, 12PM – 2AM Friday and Saturday, and 12PM – 12AM on Sundays.

Rocco’s Tacos and Tequila Bar: Rocco’s Tacos, a Mexican food restaurant that first opened in West Palm Beach, Florida, is coming to Brooklyn in the winter of 2014, Brooklyn Paper reported. It will take over the now-closed Morton’s Steakhouse in 339 Adams Street.

New York, NY
Burke & Wills: The modern Australian bistro opens on July 24th on the Upper West Side, according to a release. The restaurant will feature modern Australian dishes, a raw bar, and rotisserie options such as the rotisserie stuffed lamb leg. The bar will serve modern versions of classic cocktails, including the “Sydney Sour” and “The Bushfire Margarita,” as well as a selection of wines and seasonal craft beers. 

Corvo Bianco: The Italian restaurant, which features a renovated bar and main dining room, is opening on July 15th on Columbus Avenue and 81st Street, West Side Rag reported. The bar will serve pizza and the main dining room will serve coastal Italian cuisine, with seasonal dishes like grilled quail with corn and cherries and spaghetti with stone crab.

Oaxaca Express: Get soft shell tacos with tortilla chips, salsa, and guacamole at this pop-up taco stand at 70 South Street. The fast-casual stand opened as a full-service bar and has patio seating for 150 people, DNA Info reported. The pop-up location will be open for lunch and dinner until the fall.

Merchant’s River House: Abraham Merchant, who is a co-owner of Merchants Hospitality, will be opening a nouveau American restaurant in the fall. Dishes include flat iron steak, North Atlantic salmon, and goat cheese ravioli, according to DNA Info.

Watermark Bar: Watermark Bar, which opened on Memorial Day weekend, sells hot dogs, hamburgers, and seafood dishes like the lobster roll, Abraham Merchant told DNA Info.

Cones Café: This café, which opened last week, serves twelve Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavors next to Watermark Bar, according to DNA Info. Merchants Hospitality owns this café along with Oaxaca Express, Merchant’s River House, and Watermark Bar.

Grey Lady: The seafood restaurant is opening another location at 74 Orchard Street, Bowery Boogie reported. The owners are currently applying for a liquor license.

Ippudo West Side: The famous ramen restaurant is opened another location in the West Side on July 11th. Their grand opening is on Saturday, July 13th, and their menu features sake and Japanese “tapas” pairings. Their menu will include dishes from the first Ippudo location, but there will be new appetizer dishes, according to their website. “Our ramen line up at the launch are Shiromaru Classic, Akamaru Modern, and Karaka Men. The ramen names are the same, however the complexity and refinement will be vastly different from our East Village location,” they added.

Philadelphia, PA
Little Nonna’s: Chef Marcie Turney and partner Valerie Safran are opening Little Nonna’s in August, according to a release. Their restaurant features home-style Italian-American dishes and an Italian wine list and cocktail menu.

Washington, D.C.
Casa Luca: Fabio Trabocchi, a James Beard award-winning chef, opened Casa Luca in downtown D.C., according to a release. The restaurant serves Italian cuisine from the Le Marche region, with seasonal housemade pastas, Le Marche flatbreads, grilled meats, charcuterie, and cheese. The bar has seven red, white and sparkling wines on tap, and cocktails such as “Acqua della Vita,” which has gin, mint simple syrup, lime, cucumber, and club soda.


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