This post originally appeared on May 15, 2021 in Amanda Kludt’s newsletter “From the Editor,” a roundup of the most vital news and stories in the food world each week. Read the archives and subscribe now.
Here’s what you missed on Eater last week:
— Openings: Cafe Leonelli, a name-brand import from New York, and Le Jardinier, opening at Houston’s venerable Museum of Fine Art; Em, a pretty and long-delayed Vietnamese restaurant, in New York; Itria, an Italian restaurant serving bubbly focaccia-like pan pizza, in San Francisco; S&W Market, Asheville’s first food hall; Herbie Butcher’s Fried Chicken, a vegan fried chicken spot from a popular vegetarian butcher, in Minneapolis; DBA at Palace Market, a music venue born out of the pandemic, in New Orleans; and Oma’s Hideaway, an over-the-top and super playful restaurant, in Portland.
— Outdoor dining structures have become a must-have marketing expense for restaurant-owners in New York.
— Celeb chef Gordon Ramsay is making a big post-pandemic move into fast food.
— From the Vegas buffet beat, here’s a look at Bacchanal’s grand reopening after a multi-million dollar upgrade, and the MGM Grand announced it will reopen its buffet next week.
— A TV chef ripped off the design of famous appetizing store and restaurant Russ & Daughters for his new “love letter to the Jewish Delicatessen” the Borscht Belt.
— 30 big name Indian restaurants around North America and the UK are joining forces to raise money for COVID relief in India.
— How a New York restaurant loses money on a $14 vegetarian sandwich (spoiler: it’s labor and delivery costs!).
— Where Philly’s community leaders dine out in Chinatown.
— Watch: Nyesha Arrington recreates Totino’s pizza rolls.
— And we’re hiring! A full time deputy editor in Chicago and a reporter in New York.
And from the May 22 edition:
— In terms of reopening, New York and D.C. fully reopen next week, with Philly and Washington State following in June. Vaccinated bar goers in Chicago can keep drinking until 4 a.m. And Oregon will fully reopen once they vaccinate 70 percent of adults, so good luck Oregon!
— To-go booze is now permanent in Texas and Florida.
— Fine dining destination Single Thread will open a new vegetarian restaurant in the former home of SHED in Healdsburg later this year.
— Popular Brooklyn and LA outdoor food market Smorgasburg is expanding to New Jersey.
— The pandemic may have delayed the true impacts of Brexit on London restaurateurs, but they still loom.
— The case for a guaranteed food worker income.
— The co-owner of Tacolicious in SF on how delivery apps have changed the meaning of a restaurant.
— Openings: Spanish Diner, a fun-looking new location of José Andrés’ New York spot, in Bethesda, MD; Little Palm, a pastel cocktail bar from the Death & Co. crew, in Charleston; Como Como, a dark steakhouse, in Miami; Chattahoochee Food Works, a long-anticipated Atlanta food hall from TV chef Andrew Zimmnern; Caruso’s Grocery, an homage to old-school red sauce joints, and El Secreto de Rosita, a Peruvian bar, in D.C.; and the grand reopening of 100-year-old Tosca Cafe in San Francisco.
— How an LA chef took everything he learned running Jon & Vinny’s catering company to his own business selling chicken wings out of a church.
— All those gross food TikToks you’ve seen are actually connected to one person.
— To watch: Prime Time’s Ben and Brent dry-age some pork to prove it deserves a place on a steakhouse menu.
— What goes into running a resort “oasis” in the hottest place on Earth, Death Valley.
— A lot of restaurant chefs launched old-school frozen dinners during the pandemic.