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Hot Tub Time Machine: Where’s That Big Name Chef At The Raleigh?

September 4, 2010

It’s always fun to announce the opening of a new restaurant, especially where there’s some big name chef coming to town.  For example: here.  But it’s even more fun to look back through the archives at those promises of new restaurants and other gastro-gossip to see what never panned out.

Back in December of 2009, Eater Miami reported that, over at The Raleigh hotel on South Beach, “[r]umors of a major NYC restaurant and/or restaurant operator moving into the Raleigh are true.”  In fact, the director of marketing could barely contain himself: “The rumors are true but I cannot disclose the name yet. [I am] truly excited about this venture, I can tell you that!”

Ten months later and still no major NYC restaurant at The Raleigh.  Oops.

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A List of Food Trucks That Don’t Exist (Yet)

August 31, 2010

Eater Miami is running a weekly series on the trials and tribulations of launching a food truck.  The series features Sakaya Kitchen’s “Dim Ssam A Go Go” truck, which I heard is also the name of the new Sakaya Kitchen strip club (best buffet in town, hands down).

In part two of the series, Sakaya’s chef/owner Richard Hales writes that “there are currently 30 plans in for review for mobile food trucks with the city.”  So in honor of the coming food truck traffic jam, here are a few ideas for new food trucks that hopefully we’ll see soon:

(1) Green Light (from Kris Wessel of Red Light);

(2) Pascal’s On Ponce (this also works with Ortanique On The Mile);

(3) Michael’s Genuine Drink & Drive;

(4) BMW Steak; and

(5) El Palacio De Los Yugos.

Feel free to post your own suggestions in the comments below.

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August 31, 2010 Power Rankings

August 31, 2010

(Last Week’s Rankings in Parentheses)

1. NAOE (1)

2. Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink (2)

3. Red Light (3)

4. Sakaya Kitchen (4)

5. Buena Vista Bistro (5)

6. BLT Steak (6)

7. Hiro’s Yakko-San (7)

8. Eos (8)

9. GastroPod (10)

10. Zuma (9)

11. Michy’s (11)

12. Sra. Martinez (12)

13. Chow Down Grill (13)

14. Bin No. 18 (14)

15. Bourbon Steak (15)

16. Pizzavolante (16)

17. Mandolin Aegean Bistro (17)

18. Fratelli Lyon (18)

19. The Morgan’s (19)

20. Sardinia (20)

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Jeff O’Neill Moves From Gibraltar to The Villa by Barton G

August 28, 2010

Chef Jeff O’Neill, of turkey burger fame, is on the move from Gibraltar on Grove Isle (f/k/a Baleen, until about a year ago) to The Villa, which is the restaurant at Casa Casuarina now run by Barton G.  Hopefully O’Neill will pack his smoked salmon loin appetizer in his luggage and bring it with him to The Villa; if you haven’t had a chance to try it, it’s a standout dish from the Gibraltar menu.

Gibraltar joins Azul in the category of Miami restaurants on islands that are looking for new chefs.

Hat tip: Short Order

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August 24, 2010 Power Rankings

August 24, 2010

(Last Week’s Rankings in Parentheses)

1. NAOE (1)

2. Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink (2)

3. Red Light (3)

4. Sakaya Kitchen (4)

5. Buena Vista Bistro (5)

6. BLT Steak (6)

7. Hiro’s Yakko-San (7)

8. Eos (8)

9. Zuma (9)

10. GastroPod (10)

11. Michy’s (11)

12. Sra. Martinez (12)

13. Chow Down Grill (13)

14. Bin No. 18 (14)

15. Bourbon Steak (15)

16. Pizzavolante (17)

17. Mandolin Aegean Bistro (18)

18. Fratelli Lyon (19)

19. The Morgan’s (20)

20. Sardinia (NR)

Dropped off: Barbu (16) (closed)

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Prime Real Estate in the Design District (Haunted by the Ghost of Pacific Time)

August 22, 2010

Pacific Time on an average weekday night. I kid, I kid.

If you miss Pacific Time and have $250,000 lying around, it could all be yours.  Here’s the listing.

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Barbu Closed

August 20, 2010

Some disappointing news to report. 

According to a post on the Belle Isle Blog (thanks to Zed for linking to it in the comments of this post), Barbu is closed.  Barbu opened a bit over a year ago and was the reincarnation of a spot called “A” (which was in the Design District, in the location that is now Buena Vista Bistro).  Styled as an organic bistro, Barbu served delicious food slowly.  It will be missed. 

Barbu goes out at #16 on this week’s power rankings.  When you’re sipping your organic IPA at happy hour tonight, pour one out for Barbu.

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