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Deep Dish: The Latest Restaurant News

New and noteworthy restaurants opened, and about to open, in Toronto, Las Vegas and Boston.


January 11, 2011

The private dining room at Towne restaurant, newly opened near Boston's convention centre.

The private dining room at Towne restaurant, newly opened near Boston's convention centre.

Originally slated for a fall, 2010, opening, Toronto superchef Susur Lee’s delayed new restaurant, Lee Lounge, is targeting a mid-January opening, according to a source at the restaurant. Replacing two-year-old Madeline’s, Lee Lounge will, as its name suggest, specialize in casual plates, in an easygoing setting. The restaurant will be connected to adjoining Lee restaurant via an indoor passageway.

A collaboration between Boston culinary stars Lydia Shire and Jasper White, Towne Stove and Spirits has launched in Beantown. Adjacent to the Hynes Convention Center, along Boylston Street, in Boston’s Back Bay area, the 397-seat eatery serves whole roasted local seafood, Peking chicken, steaks to share, tandoori meats, wood-fired rotisserie chicken, Persian rice and a lobster menu boasting 11 preparations of the shellfish.

Fleur by Hubert Keller, now open for lunch and dinner at Mandalay Bay hotel, in Las Vegas, offers small plates inspired by Keller’s travels to Spain, Italy, North Africa, South America, Asia and France. The eatery features a casual-chic ambience and is the first small-plates concept for Keller, seen on Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters” television show.

Toronto chef J.P. Challet is pulling big crowds at his new eatery, Ici. Situated in the burgeoning South Annex Harbord Street restaurant neighbourhood, Ici features bistro and haute-bistro fare (lobster bisque, for instance), lightened and modernized.

On Jan. 8, classic New York saloon P.J. Clarke’s opened its first Western U.S. location at The Forum Shops at Caesars, in Las Vegas. Expect P.J. Clarke classics such as its famous hamburger, Meyer prime steaks, fully loaded chili, Maine lobster roll and baked mac and cheese with peas and bacon. To slake patrons’ thirst, the restaurant offers a drink menu featuring more than 20 beers and wine.



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