Weekly Opening Report: The Week of June 3, 2013

A look into this week's notable restaurant openings and news

Every week, we take a look at restaurants that have opened across the country. Here’s this week’s roundup:

New York, NY

Distilled: In Tribeca, from executive chef Shane Lyons and partner Nick Iovacchini, Distilled has opened, inspired by traditional American public houses. The restaurant seats 110 and features an open kitchen and an outdoor patio, with a menu focusing on regional American favorites.

Fatburger: On June 11, the first new New York location of the West Coast fixture Fatburger will open in Murray Hill. To commemorate the expansion of the chain, known for its offering XXXL burgers, the company’s CEO will be flipping burgers at the grand opening.

Malbec: Adjacent to a new theater, the Tango House, Malbec, an Argentinean restaurant and wine bar, has opened on Lafayette Street. Featuring cuisine from the Buenos Aires porteño culture, the restaurant contains two levels in the landmarked Colonnade Row building.

Insomnia Cookies: A new location in Midtown East is scheduled for Insomnia Cookies, the cookie store that also operates a popular late-night delivery service. With the opening of this new outpost, which will feature a similar layout to its other locations, the company’s delivery range will be expanded to all of Manhattan for the first time.

Las Vegas, NV

Ogden’s Hops & Harvest: Bradley Ogden has lent his name and his expertise to the recently opened Ogden’s Hops & Harvest in Tivoli Village. The restaurant seats 180, with a welcoming, cozy décor, and features an emphasis on farm-to-table fare.


Atlantic City, NJ

Yuboka Dim Sum and Noodle Bar: Focusing on Asian fusion, with dim sum and noodle soups, Yuboka has opened at the Revel resort. Adding to Chef Jose Garces’ other restaurants in the resort, this casual eatery has spaces for dining in and taking out.

St. Louis, MO

The Docket: On the ground floor of the Saint University School of Law’s new home, The Docket is set to open this fall as a quick service and table service restaurant meant to serve the area’s legal and civic community. The bistro and café will feature indoor and outdoor seating and a menu with locally sourced, seasonal ingredients.

San Francisco, CA

Aquitaine: Laurent Manrique’s new thirty-seat wine bar obtained its liquor license and will open soon. Aquitaine will serve light dishes inspired by southwest French cuisine.

Portland, OR

Sand Bar at Fish Grotto: Fish Grotto just opened a rum bar that serves classic rum cocktails and artisan cocktails and beers. The Sand Bar will also serve bar fries, lamb burgers, cod tacos, and more.

Prehispanica Mexican Cuisine: The new Mexican restaurant opened where Element Restaurant and Lounge used to be. Prehispanica Mexican Cuisine serves housemade tortillas and dishes such as: steamed clams and mussels with chile, pescado enpapelado, and chicken with Oaxacan mole.

Austin, TX

Boardwalk Burgers and Fries: The burger joint opened in Austin, Texas on June 3rd. Boardwalk offers fries, burgers, milkshakes, and funnel cake. The fries are made daily, hand cut, and seasoned with salt and vinegar.

Houston, TX

Bikinis Sports Bar & Grill: The restaurant, known for trademarking the world “Breastaurant,” opened its fourteen chain on June 6th. The menu at Bikinis Sports Bar & Grill includes a five-pound burger. The eatery is known for its bikini-top-wearing waitresses.

Chicago, IL

Old Fifth: The lounge’s grand opening is June 7th. Old Fifth is designed with the history of the prohibition-era in mind but is also equipped with flat-screen TV’s. There will be whiskey, stuffed tater tots, and pizza.   

MAK Restaurant: The MAK Restaurant, which stands for “modern Asian kitchen,” fully opened on June 5th. The establishment has a four-seat counter, four wooden booths, an open kitchen, and a serving station. Look for wraps, salads, and rice bowls such as “MAK Beef/Chicken.”

Boston, MA

The Fairmount Grille: On June 4th, the American-style restaurant opened in Hyde Park. The Fairmount Grille replaced Townsend’s after the restaurant and lounge closed. The restaurant offers a selection of twenty draft beers and aims to provide upscale and affordable dining.


With additional reporting by Vivian Mac.