“Geek-A-Licious” star, “Modernist Cuisine” contributor, and culinary scientist Ted Russin has been named the director of consulting at the Culinary Institute of America up in Hyde Park. The Surf Lodge’s new owners have changed the named to Byron at The Surf Lodge and have installed Mary Queen of Scots vet Chris Rendell in the kitchen. Andrew Pressler (Fatty ‘Cue) is the new executive chef at Jo’s. Meanwhile, the BLT posse has opened Brighton, which serves food from Fish Shack and GO Burger, inside the Eventi Hotel. Bistro Cafe & Grill, Nicoletta Grippo’s (Gelateria Dolce Amore) Caramello, the San Francisco cult import Mission Chinese Food, and restaurateur Brendan Spiro’s (Vandaag) Woodland all welcomed their first diners.
The Russian restaurant group Global Food International Corporation has leased 25,000 square feet in 11 Times Square; more on that as they announce their concepts. Andrew Carmellini (Locanda Verde), his business partner Luke Ostrom, and the owners of Joe’s Pub are collaborating on continental cuisine-focused The Library, which will be inside the Public Theater.
Menchanko Tei has closed temporarily for renovations, which should take about a month to complete. Prime Burger, Gold Coast Deli, Nolita House, and Lotus of Siam all closed.
On the East Coast
In Washington, D.C., Andrew Dixon (Michel) has been named the top chef at Mad Fox Brewing Company. Quench cocktail bar and Sakuramen both began welcoming guests. Nando’s Peri-Peri is opening a new location in mid-June and fast casual Vietnamese concept Bonmi is rolling out a food truck that same month. BLT Steak alumnus Victor Albisu will open Taco Bamba in June out in Falls Church, Va. Union Market announced a partial list of the restaurants and bars that it will house, including a boozy soda shop called Buffalo and Bergen from mixologist Gina Chersevani (PS 7’s), Red Apron Butchery, Peregrine Espresso, Dolcezza, DC Empanadas, TaKorean, Oh Pickles!, Lyon Bakery, Trickling Springs Creamery, and Rappahannock Oyster Co. ESquared Hospitality’s Casa Nonna has shuttered and Papa-Razzi called it a day.
In Philadelphia, Morgan’s Pier opens this weekend with a menu from David Katz (Meme) that includes something called “snack bacon;” we’re definitely intrigued. The sushi and ramen joint Green Wasabi debuted in the old Delicatessen space. The Chinatown cocktail spot Hop Sing Laundromat finally opens today. Mike Naessens (Eulogy) opens Underbar this weekend, which will ultimately offer a menu of “Deutsch Dim Sum bar foods.” Federal Donuts is planning a second location. Fish is closing temporarily to sort out some kinks; we’ll let you know when it reopens. Le Cochon Noir dimmed the lights for the last time. We are sad to report that Morning Glory proprietor Sam Mickey has died after a long battle with cancer.
Photo of Victor Albisu, Taco Bamba.