Weekly Opening Report: The Week of November 25, 2013

A look into this week’s notable restaurant openings

Your game-watching destination and named Sports Bar on the Rise by Sports Illustrated, Bottomzup Bar & Grill just opened with a raw bar, an in-house sushi chef, and a tailgate-inspired menu.

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:

New York City

Your game-watching destination and named Sports Bar on the Rise by Sports Illustrated, Bottomzup Bar & Grill just opened with a raw bar, an in-house sushi chef, and a tailgate-inspired menu, according to a press release. During the NFL’s weekly Sunday Night Football match-up, the restaurant is serving regional special menu items based on the teams playing, including Minnesota Juicy Lucy Sliders, Phoenix Green Chile Burgers, and New England Mac and Cheese. And every weekday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., guests are offered $1 Blue Point Oysters and discounted drafts as well as domestic options available for $3 a draft or $10 a pitcher. Also, for liking the restaurant’s Facebook page, guests get a free draft.

SuperNova just opened in Times Square as the result of an $85 million dollar renovation, according to a press release. A “pre/post theater hangout” for travelers and locals alike with an “edgy, forward-looking design,” the restaurant features an extensive cocktail menu which gives a nod to past decades with drinks including Champagne Hoity-Toity from the 1900s and Barnum’s Ingenious Glass Blowers from the 1860s.

Two years following a devastating fire that destroyed its location, Bread and Yoga, a yoga studio and cooking class space, reopened in a new location in Inwood. Electrical wiring isn’t completed yet and kitchen appliances are still coming in, however, Bread and Yoga is holding yoga classes.

New York’s Chinese cuisine staple, Philippe by Philippe Chow, opens a location in Beverly Hills, offering creative cocktails, “minimalist” red, black and white décor, and Chef Chow’s award-winning dishes, according to a press release. Chef Chow’s dishes are “modern, flavorful and theatrical,” and inlcude chicken, beef and shrimp satay, peking Duck, glazed spare ribs, nine season spicy prawns, Mr. Cheng’s noodles and crispy beef.

Chef Jehangir Mehta opened a new private kitchen in a secret East Village location, according to a press release. To kick off the opening, he welcomes Maxime Bilet, chef, artist, and co-author of Modernist Cuisine, to his kitchen for an intimate dinner and conversation. Chef Mehta will allow guests the opportunity to dine at a table with Maxime while he prepares a 6-course tasting menu for guests. The dinner will be held Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m and costs $175 per person with the 6-course menu, wine, and gratuity and tax included. 

Energy Kitchen abruptly closed its Manhattan and Long Island locations, according to a note on its website. In it’s farewell note, the restaurant thanks its customers for their support over the years.

Stella, which formerly offered American bistro fare and was damaged from Hurricane Sandy, is relaunching as a seafood restaurant, which has yet to be named, in the South Street Seaport. It’s meant to be a “neighborhood place and a go-to place for seafood lovers” with dishes including lobster and corn fritters with maple truffle honey, a selection of ceviches, and whole grilled fish.



Brothers at the Red Barn just opened in Santa Ynez as the third restaurant of Matt and Jess Nichols, according to a press release. The new location will serve Brothers’ well-known dishes including its tuna tartare, kabocha, squash soup, and slow-roasted prime rib.



After eight years on East Olive Way, Dinette is looking for a new space and is expected to reopen in 2014. While the ambience and food will remain the same, the new space will mean a bigger kitchen and more room for burners.



Michelle Bernstein Catering will be a catering partner at this year’s Art Basel in Miami Beach, according to a press release. In addition to catering at Art Basel events, James Beard award-winning chef Bernstein will also operate two, full dining venues: Michy’s Miami Beach Pop Up and Garden Café by Michelle Bernstein. Seating 100 guests per night, Michy’s Miami Beach Pop Up will be serving a four-course menu, and Garden Café will serve comfort food favorites, including salads, sandwiches, hot plates, soups, and baked goods.

One of the most highly anticipated openings of the season, Lure Fishbar, will open Dec. 2 in Loews Miami beach Hotel. The menu will offer seafood and surf and turf, including garnished oysters, coconut curry steamed shellfish, a crispy tuna roll, and seared jalapeno sirloin to name a few.



Rainer Becker’s contemporary Japanese robatayaki restaurant Roka will debut two new locations in 2014, according to a press release. Roka Mayfair will open in February and Roka Aldwych will open in the summer. The Mayfair location will be relaxed and elegant, while the Aldwych location will have a unique design. Roka’s charcoal robata grill is “the hub of the restaurant and the source of its vibrant, warm energy.”




A new Tony Roma’s location is scheduled to open Dec. 16 in Singapore inside Orchard Central, according to a press release. Seating 140 guests in a 3,600-square-foot space, the restaurant will feature flat screen televisions, a full bar serving Tony Roma’s signature Romaritas, wines, beers, cocktails, and hot beverages, and a patio. The new location will use high-quality, energy-conserving technology with LED lighting and signage.