Weekly Opening Report: The Week of March 17, 2014

A look into this week’s notable restaurant openings

Frank Pepe Pizzeria is expanding to Boston, according to a Craigslist ad recruiting managers for the new locations.

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:


According to a Craigslist ad recruiting managers for the new locations, Frank Pepe Pizzeria is expanding to Boston.


Los Angeles

Jacques Fiorentino returns to the Los Angeles culinary scene after 25 years with the opening of L’Assiette, a name meaning “the dish,” in French.



La Mar by Gaston Acurio, featuring Peruvian cuisine by celebrity chef Gaston Acurio, recently opened at the Mandarin Oriental.


New York City

Sergio Riva and AJ Bontempo, the team behind Osteria Cotta on the Upper West Side, recently opened Carroll Place, an Italian-American wine bar and gastro pub, in the South Village. The restaurant’s menu features popular Cotta dishes including wood-fired rosemary wings, pork ragu, and short rib sliders; as well as new dishes such as wood-fired free range chicken with broccoli rabe and olives; and linguine Vongole with clams, white wine, chili flakes, and tomato.

After two years, the East Village Greek restaurant Boukies closed.

Gun Hill Brewing Company, the first brick-and-mortar brewery in the Bronx since 1961, will open March 22 at 5:30 p.m.  At the grand opening, the brewery will showcase its first four beers: Gun Hill Gold, Gun Hill IPA, Defrosted Hop Special Ale, and Thunder Dog Stout. Following a brief ribbon cutting ceremony with Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., those present will be given a tour of the facility.

WILD, the gluten-free pizza and Italian specialties restaurant concept, will open a third location in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. WILD’s menu caters toward both gluten-friendly and gluten-free diners with local, farm-fresh ingredients.

A new Mexican restaurant, Orale Mexican Kitchen, recently opened in the Upper West Side, featuring authentic Mexican dishes and agave-based cocktails.


Washington, D.C.

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Chef Richard Sandoval will open Toro Toro, a Pan-Latin steakhouse that offers small plates, on March 31. The name Toro Toro plays on the Japanese word for tuna and the Spanish word for bull.