a new wave of celeb chefs are ushering in some of 2014’s most anticipated restaurants in our sweet little “it” city. top chef alum & james beard award semifinalist dale levitski announced the name of his upcoming melrose neighborhood concept this week. sinema, housed in a 7,000 square foot 1940s movie theater, will feature eclectic american cuisine with a modern twist. the space will include the main dining area downstairs as well as an upstairs lounge, bar & dining space for up to an additional 24 people.
sitting across the street from the gulch’s virago & whiskey kitchen in the former ultimate tire & car care location (1210 mcgavock), new york celebrity chef jonathan waxman’s adele will open early summer. named after his mom, the 80-seat adeles by jonathan waxman features an almost 15-foot wood burning oven. the space includes an additional 35-seat private dining room as well as a bar & patio. he plans to keep the building’s original multi-pane windows, five roll-up garage doors and barrel ceilings with wooden beams.
chopped star maneet chauhan is working towards an august 2014 opening for chauhan ale & masala house located at 12th & porter. she describes the restaurant recently for the nashville business journal as “a british pub with indian influences” evidenced mostly because the unique beer selections.
and lastly, who doesn’t love a good burger? another one of the food network’s top chef stars (winner of top chef: all stars in 2010) richard blais brings his acclaimed upscale flip burger to the quickly-gentrifying charlotte avenue district. located in 3,500 square feet of the former hostess bakery warehouse on 42nd & charlotte, flip burger will open this fall. his modern-designed mini-chain is best known for its imaginative burgers & liquid nitrogen-made N2 shakes.