Luigi Di Ruocco is vice president of Mr. Espresso, his family’s 35-year-old artisan coffee roasting company and provider of espresso equipment, service and training to coffeehouses and restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. He’s also co-owner of Coffee Bar, a three-unit group of specialty coffee cafes that showcase Mr. Espresso’s single-origin, oak-roasted beans.
St. Louis chef and restaurateur Gerard Craft closed his former restaurant, Niche, and opened a new concept, Sardella, that features a new design and menu.
Finding restaurants with large, comfortable alfresco dining spaces in New York City is no small task. So when word leaked that La Bottega, an Italian restaurant fronted by an expansive outdoor plaza at the Maritime Hotel, would be closing, Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group (B&BHG) jumped at the opportunity.