Acclaimed restaurateur Stephen Starr (Morimoto, Upland, The Continental) teamed up with Shawn Hausman Design (Chateau Marmont, The Standard) to open Le Zoo, a 200-seat French brasserie in Miami. This represents Starr's fourth restaurant in South Florida.
Acclaimed hospitality designer Paul Basile of BASILE Studio (Ironside Fish & Oyster, UnderBelly, Craft & Commerce) teamed with up-and-coming restaurateur Kory Stetina to open KINDRED, a San Diego-based cocktail bar and vegan restaurant concept. The operation features a creative design interplay of dark and light, masculine and feminine and ornate flourishes coupled with rebellious illustrations.
Back Yard Burgers, the Nashville-based, Black Angus burger concept founded in 1987, unveiled a new, contemporary redesign of its restaurants and expansion plans.
Multi-concept operator Glacier Restaurant Group has bought the Max & Erma's restaurant chain from American Blue Ribbon Holdings (ABRH). Max & Erma's is a casual dining concept with 51 locations in 10 states, primarily in the Midwest.