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BR Guest Hospitality Buys Strip House

BR Guest Hospitality Buys Strip House

High-end dining company BR Guest Hospitality said Wednesday it had purchased the Strip House steakhouse brand from The Glazier Group.

Terms of the deal were not available at press time.

While the New York-based BR Guest will acquire the upscale Strip House brand, the Glazier family, which operates The Glazier Group, will retain Strip House locations in Key West and Naples, Fla., Houston, and Livingston, N.J.

BR Guest will take over the chain’s New York and Las Vegas outlets.

"The Glaziers have been longtime friends and colleagues of mine, and have built an impressive brand that I am excited to make part of the BR Guest Family,” said Stephen Hanson, president and founder of BR Guest Hospitality. “We also look forward to expanding Strip House Restaurants into other key U.S. cities."

The Glazier Group, a New York-based operator of high-end restaurants, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in November 2010. At the time it owned six Strip House steakhouses in New York, New Jersey, Florida, Texas, and Nevada.

In addition to the four Strip House locations, The Glazier Group will continue to operate Michael Jordan’s The Steak House N.Y.C., Bridgewaters, Twenty Four Fifth, and The Reach Resort.

BR Guest said it plans to retain all of Strip House’s current systems, and does not currently have any plans to change staffing levels at the New York and Las Vegas restaurants.

Additionally, corporate executive chef John Schenk, who has directed Strip House’s menu since 2004, will join BR Guest to lead culinary operations for the restaurant.

BR Guest’s portfolio includes restaurant brands Dos Caminos, Bill's Bar & Burger, Atlantic Grill, Ruby Foo’s, and kibo Japanese Grill.

— Marcella Veneziale, NRN.com


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Now Open From Michael Mina: Pabu Boston

On Nov. 1, chefs Michael Mina and Ken Tominaga opened Japanese restaurant PABU on the second floor of downtown Boston’s Millennium Tower. Located just off the city’s iconic Boston Commons park, the izakaya and sushi bar offers a similar menu to the San Francisco PABU but highlights shellfish and seafood from New England, and includes plates such as Plymouth Rock oysters with grated daikon, Tokyo fried chicken karaage and miso black cod with sweet onion tofu from chef Ben Steigers, as well as a special tasting menu. The beverage program includes several offerings of Japanese whiskey, beer and sake, as well as a wine list of 75 selections spanning France, California, Australia, New Zealand and beyond. Mina’s restaurants have a long history of successful wine lists currently, his group boasts 11 Restaurant Award winners, including Grand Award winner RN74 in San Francisco.—S.H.

Melbourne Dining Scene Gains a New Wine Bar

In August, Australian wine director David Lawler left his position as beverage director of Neil Perry’s acclaimed Rockpool Group to open his own establishment with fellow sommelier Tim Sacklin, previously of Best of Award of Excellence winner Rosetta Ristorante. As of Nov. 7, Comptoir has opened its doors at 60 Stanley St. in the Melbourne suburb of Collingwood. The combination of a wine bar and bottle shop offers bites for grazing such as terrines, salumi, tinned fish and cheeses, as well as a selection of foods to take home, and also provides wine consulting services in the same space. Guests dining in can choose from a rotating number of wines by-the-glass, or opt for a bottle purchased in the shop for a corkage fee of $10.


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Big changes in the hospitality world are afoot: Houston-based corporation Landry’s, Inc. has acquired the New York–based BR Guest Hospitality. The transaction is expected to close in a few weeks. BR Guest operates more than a dozen restaurants in Manhattan, including five Restaurant Award winners in the city: Blue Water Grill, Blue Fin, Atlantic Grill West, and Strip House on 12th Street and in Midtown. The purchase will see the BR Guest lineup join brands including Restaurant Award–winning chains Morton’s, the Steakhouse, Mastro’s Steakhouse and Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse, among others. Get the details [Trade members, sign up for the Shanken News Daily email newsletter for free access to all their website stories].—D.M.

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Now Open From Michael Mina: Pabu Boston

On Nov. 1, chefs Michael Mina and Ken Tominaga opened Japanese restaurant PABU on the second floor of downtown Boston’s Millennium Tower. Located just off the city’s iconic Boston Commons park, the izakaya and sushi bar offers a similar menu to the San Francisco PABU but highlights shellfish and seafood from New England, and includes plates such as Plymouth Rock oysters with grated daikon, Tokyo fried chicken karaage and miso black cod with sweet onion tofu from chef Ben Steigers, as well as a special tasting menu. The beverage program includes several offerings of Japanese whiskey, beer and sake, as well as a wine list of 75 selections spanning France, California, Australia, New Zealand and beyond. Mina’s restaurants have a long history of successful wine lists currently, his group boasts 11 Restaurant Award winners, including Grand Award winner RN74 in San Francisco.—S.H.

Melbourne Dining Scene Gains a New Wine Bar

In August, Australian wine director David Lawler left his position as beverage director of Neil Perry’s acclaimed Rockpool Group to open his own establishment with fellow sommelier Tim Sacklin, previously of Best of Award of Excellence winner Rosetta Ristorante. As of Nov. 7, Comptoir has opened its doors at 60 Stanley St. in the Melbourne suburb of Collingwood. The combination of a wine bar and bottle shop offers bites for grazing such as terrines, salumi, tinned fish and cheeses, as well as a selection of foods to take home, and also provides wine consulting services in the same space. Guests dining in can choose from a rotating number of wines by-the-glass, or opt for a bottle purchased in the shop for a corkage fee of $10.


New York’s Major Hospitality Shake-Up

Big changes in the hospitality world are afoot: Houston-based corporation Landry’s, Inc. has acquired the New York–based BR Guest Hospitality. The transaction is expected to close in a few weeks. BR Guest operates more than a dozen restaurants in Manhattan, including five Restaurant Award winners in the city: Blue Water Grill, Blue Fin, Atlantic Grill West, and Strip House on 12th Street and in Midtown. The purchase will see the BR Guest lineup join brands including Restaurant Award–winning chains Morton’s, the Steakhouse, Mastro’s Steakhouse and Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse, among others. Get the details [Trade members, sign up for the Shanken News Daily email newsletter for free access to all their website stories].—D.M.

Coming Soon: Changes at Aureole Las Vegas

From Nov. 27 through late December, Charlie Palmer’s Aureole Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino will temporarily close to update its dining concept. Though the specifics of the design changes have not yet been announced, Palmer has brought on a new executive chef, Johnny Church, to replace Arnaud Masset, and Timothy Staehling takes on the role of general manager from Arturo Delgadillo-Sanchez. There is no word yet on any changes to the wine program the restaurant, known for its 42-foot glass-enclosed wine tower and "wine angels" who pluck your bottle from Lucite bins, has earned a Grand Award each year since 2000 for its 2,700-selection list, managed by wine director Harley Carbery. The cellar is rich in choices from Bordeaux, Burgundy, California, Austria, Germany and the Rhône.—S.H.

Now Open From Michael Mina: Pabu Boston

On Nov. 1, chefs Michael Mina and Ken Tominaga opened Japanese restaurant PABU on the second floor of downtown Boston’s Millennium Tower. Located just off the city’s iconic Boston Commons park, the izakaya and sushi bar offers a similar menu to the San Francisco PABU but highlights shellfish and seafood from New England, and includes plates such as Plymouth Rock oysters with grated daikon, Tokyo fried chicken karaage and miso black cod with sweet onion tofu from chef Ben Steigers, as well as a special tasting menu. The beverage program includes several offerings of Japanese whiskey, beer and sake, as well as a wine list of 75 selections spanning France, California, Australia, New Zealand and beyond. Mina’s restaurants have a long history of successful wine lists currently, his group boasts 11 Restaurant Award winners, including Grand Award winner RN74 in San Francisco.—S.H.

Melbourne Dining Scene Gains a New Wine Bar

In August, Australian wine director David Lawler left his position as beverage director of Neil Perry’s acclaimed Rockpool Group to open his own establishment with fellow sommelier Tim Sacklin, previously of Best of Award of Excellence winner Rosetta Ristorante. As of Nov. 7, Comptoir has opened its doors at 60 Stanley St. in the Melbourne suburb of Collingwood. The combination of a wine bar and bottle shop offers bites for grazing such as terrines, salumi, tinned fish and cheeses, as well as a selection of foods to take home, and also provides wine consulting services in the same space. Guests dining in can choose from a rotating number of wines by-the-glass, or opt for a bottle purchased in the shop for a corkage fee of $10.


New York’s Major Hospitality Shake-Up

Big changes in the hospitality world are afoot: Houston-based corporation Landry’s, Inc. has acquired the New York–based BR Guest Hospitality. The transaction is expected to close in a few weeks. BR Guest operates more than a dozen restaurants in Manhattan, including five Restaurant Award winners in the city: Blue Water Grill, Blue Fin, Atlantic Grill West, and Strip House on 12th Street and in Midtown. The purchase will see the BR Guest lineup join brands including Restaurant Award–winning chains Morton’s, the Steakhouse, Mastro’s Steakhouse and Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse, among others. Get the details [Trade members, sign up for the Shanken News Daily email newsletter for free access to all their website stories].—D.M.

Coming Soon: Changes at Aureole Las Vegas

From Nov. 27 through late December, Charlie Palmer’s Aureole Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino will temporarily close to update its dining concept. Though the specifics of the design changes have not yet been announced, Palmer has brought on a new executive chef, Johnny Church, to replace Arnaud Masset, and Timothy Staehling takes on the role of general manager from Arturo Delgadillo-Sanchez. There is no word yet on any changes to the wine program the restaurant, known for its 42-foot glass-enclosed wine tower and "wine angels" who pluck your bottle from Lucite bins, has earned a Grand Award each year since 2000 for its 2,700-selection list, managed by wine director Harley Carbery. The cellar is rich in choices from Bordeaux, Burgundy, California, Austria, Germany and the Rhône.—S.H.

Now Open From Michael Mina: Pabu Boston

On Nov. 1, chefs Michael Mina and Ken Tominaga opened Japanese restaurant PABU on the second floor of downtown Boston’s Millennium Tower. Located just off the city’s iconic Boston Commons park, the izakaya and sushi bar offers a similar menu to the San Francisco PABU but highlights shellfish and seafood from New England, and includes plates such as Plymouth Rock oysters with grated daikon, Tokyo fried chicken karaage and miso black cod with sweet onion tofu from chef Ben Steigers, as well as a special tasting menu. The beverage program includes several offerings of Japanese whiskey, beer and sake, as well as a wine list of 75 selections spanning France, California, Australia, New Zealand and beyond. Mina’s restaurants have a long history of successful wine lists currently, his group boasts 11 Restaurant Award winners, including Grand Award winner RN74 in San Francisco.—S.H.

Melbourne Dining Scene Gains a New Wine Bar

In August, Australian wine director David Lawler left his position as beverage director of Neil Perry’s acclaimed Rockpool Group to open his own establishment with fellow sommelier Tim Sacklin, previously of Best of Award of Excellence winner Rosetta Ristorante. As of Nov. 7, Comptoir has opened its doors at 60 Stanley St. in the Melbourne suburb of Collingwood. The combination of a wine bar and bottle shop offers bites for grazing such as terrines, salumi, tinned fish and cheeses, as well as a selection of foods to take home, and also provides wine consulting services in the same space. Guests dining in can choose from a rotating number of wines by-the-glass, or opt for a bottle purchased in the shop for a corkage fee of $10.


New York’s Major Hospitality Shake-Up

Big changes in the hospitality world are afoot: Houston-based corporation Landry’s, Inc. has acquired the New York–based BR Guest Hospitality. The transaction is expected to close in a few weeks. BR Guest operates more than a dozen restaurants in Manhattan, including five Restaurant Award winners in the city: Blue Water Grill, Blue Fin, Atlantic Grill West, and Strip House on 12th Street and in Midtown. The purchase will see the BR Guest lineup join brands including Restaurant Award–winning chains Morton’s, the Steakhouse, Mastro’s Steakhouse and Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse, among others. Get the details [Trade members, sign up for the Shanken News Daily email newsletter for free access to all their website stories].—D.M.

Coming Soon: Changes at Aureole Las Vegas

From Nov. 27 through late December, Charlie Palmer’s Aureole Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino will temporarily close to update its dining concept. Though the specifics of the design changes have not yet been announced, Palmer has brought on a new executive chef, Johnny Church, to replace Arnaud Masset, and Timothy Staehling takes on the role of general manager from Arturo Delgadillo-Sanchez. There is no word yet on any changes to the wine program the restaurant, known for its 42-foot glass-enclosed wine tower and "wine angels" who pluck your bottle from Lucite bins, has earned a Grand Award each year since 2000 for its 2,700-selection list, managed by wine director Harley Carbery. The cellar is rich in choices from Bordeaux, Burgundy, California, Austria, Germany and the Rhône.—S.H.

Now Open From Michael Mina: Pabu Boston

On Nov. 1, chefs Michael Mina and Ken Tominaga opened Japanese restaurant PABU on the second floor of downtown Boston’s Millennium Tower. Located just off the city’s iconic Boston Commons park, the izakaya and sushi bar offers a similar menu to the San Francisco PABU but highlights shellfish and seafood from New England, and includes plates such as Plymouth Rock oysters with grated daikon, Tokyo fried chicken karaage and miso black cod with sweet onion tofu from chef Ben Steigers, as well as a special tasting menu. The beverage program includes several offerings of Japanese whiskey, beer and sake, as well as a wine list of 75 selections spanning France, California, Australia, New Zealand and beyond. Mina’s restaurants have a long history of successful wine lists currently, his group boasts 11 Restaurant Award winners, including Grand Award winner RN74 in San Francisco.—S.H.

Melbourne Dining Scene Gains a New Wine Bar

In August, Australian wine director David Lawler left his position as beverage director of Neil Perry’s acclaimed Rockpool Group to open his own establishment with fellow sommelier Tim Sacklin, previously of Best of Award of Excellence winner Rosetta Ristorante. As of Nov. 7, Comptoir has opened its doors at 60 Stanley St. in the Melbourne suburb of Collingwood. The combination of a wine bar and bottle shop offers bites for grazing such as terrines, salumi, tinned fish and cheeses, as well as a selection of foods to take home, and also provides wine consulting services in the same space. Guests dining in can choose from a rotating number of wines by-the-glass, or opt for a bottle purchased in the shop for a corkage fee of $10.


New York’s Major Hospitality Shake-Up

Big changes in the hospitality world are afoot: Houston-based corporation Landry’s, Inc. has acquired the New York–based BR Guest Hospitality. The transaction is expected to close in a few weeks. BR Guest operates more than a dozen restaurants in Manhattan, including five Restaurant Award winners in the city: Blue Water Grill, Blue Fin, Atlantic Grill West, and Strip House on 12th Street and in Midtown. The purchase will see the BR Guest lineup join brands including Restaurant Award–winning chains Morton’s, the Steakhouse, Mastro’s Steakhouse and Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse, among others. Get the details [Trade members, sign up for the Shanken News Daily email newsletter for free access to all their website stories].—D.M.

Coming Soon: Changes at Aureole Las Vegas

From Nov. 27 through late December, Charlie Palmer’s Aureole Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino will temporarily close to update its dining concept. Though the specifics of the design changes have not yet been announced, Palmer has brought on a new executive chef, Johnny Church, to replace Arnaud Masset, and Timothy Staehling takes on the role of general manager from Arturo Delgadillo-Sanchez. There is no word yet on any changes to the wine program the restaurant, known for its 42-foot glass-enclosed wine tower and "wine angels" who pluck your bottle from Lucite bins, has earned a Grand Award each year since 2000 for its 2,700-selection list, managed by wine director Harley Carbery. The cellar is rich in choices from Bordeaux, Burgundy, California, Austria, Germany and the Rhône.—S.H.

Now Open From Michael Mina: Pabu Boston

On Nov. 1, chefs Michael Mina and Ken Tominaga opened Japanese restaurant PABU on the second floor of downtown Boston’s Millennium Tower. Located just off the city’s iconic Boston Commons park, the izakaya and sushi bar offers a similar menu to the San Francisco PABU but highlights shellfish and seafood from New England, and includes plates such as Plymouth Rock oysters with grated daikon, Tokyo fried chicken karaage and miso black cod with sweet onion tofu from chef Ben Steigers, as well as a special tasting menu. The beverage program includes several offerings of Japanese whiskey, beer and sake, as well as a wine list of 75 selections spanning France, California, Australia, New Zealand and beyond. Mina’s restaurants have a long history of successful wine lists currently, his group boasts 11 Restaurant Award winners, including Grand Award winner RN74 in San Francisco.—S.H.

Melbourne Dining Scene Gains a New Wine Bar

In August, Australian wine director David Lawler left his position as beverage director of Neil Perry’s acclaimed Rockpool Group to open his own establishment with fellow sommelier Tim Sacklin, previously of Best of Award of Excellence winner Rosetta Ristorante. As of Nov. 7, Comptoir has opened its doors at 60 Stanley St. in the Melbourne suburb of Collingwood. The combination of a wine bar and bottle shop offers bites for grazing such as terrines, salumi, tinned fish and cheeses, as well as a selection of foods to take home, and also provides wine consulting services in the same space. Guests dining in can choose from a rotating number of wines by-the-glass, or opt for a bottle purchased in the shop for a corkage fee of $10.


New York’s Major Hospitality Shake-Up

Big changes in the hospitality world are afoot: Houston-based corporation Landry’s, Inc. has acquired the New York–based BR Guest Hospitality. The transaction is expected to close in a few weeks. BR Guest operates more than a dozen restaurants in Manhattan, including five Restaurant Award winners in the city: Blue Water Grill, Blue Fin, Atlantic Grill West, and Strip House on 12th Street and in Midtown. The purchase will see the BR Guest lineup join brands including Restaurant Award–winning chains Morton’s, the Steakhouse, Mastro’s Steakhouse and Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse, among others. Get the details [Trade members, sign up for the Shanken News Daily email newsletter for free access to all their website stories].—D.M.

Coming Soon: Changes at Aureole Las Vegas

From Nov. 27 through late December, Charlie Palmer’s Aureole Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino will temporarily close to update its dining concept. Though the specifics of the design changes have not yet been announced, Palmer has brought on a new executive chef, Johnny Church, to replace Arnaud Masset, and Timothy Staehling takes on the role of general manager from Arturo Delgadillo-Sanchez. There is no word yet on any changes to the wine program the restaurant, known for its 42-foot glass-enclosed wine tower and "wine angels" who pluck your bottle from Lucite bins, has earned a Grand Award each year since 2000 for its 2,700-selection list, managed by wine director Harley Carbery. The cellar is rich in choices from Bordeaux, Burgundy, California, Austria, Germany and the Rhône.—S.H.

Now Open From Michael Mina: Pabu Boston

On Nov. 1, chefs Michael Mina and Ken Tominaga opened Japanese restaurant PABU on the second floor of downtown Boston’s Millennium Tower. Located just off the city’s iconic Boston Commons park, the izakaya and sushi bar offers a similar menu to the San Francisco PABU but highlights shellfish and seafood from New England, and includes plates such as Plymouth Rock oysters with grated daikon, Tokyo fried chicken karaage and miso black cod with sweet onion tofu from chef Ben Steigers, as well as a special tasting menu. The beverage program includes several offerings of Japanese whiskey, beer and sake, as well as a wine list of 75 selections spanning France, California, Australia, New Zealand and beyond. Mina’s restaurants have a long history of successful wine lists currently, his group boasts 11 Restaurant Award winners, including Grand Award winner RN74 in San Francisco.—S.H.

Melbourne Dining Scene Gains a New Wine Bar

In August, Australian wine director David Lawler left his position as beverage director of Neil Perry’s acclaimed Rockpool Group to open his own establishment with fellow sommelier Tim Sacklin, previously of Best of Award of Excellence winner Rosetta Ristorante. As of Nov. 7, Comptoir has opened its doors at 60 Stanley St. in the Melbourne suburb of Collingwood. The combination of a wine bar and bottle shop offers bites for grazing such as terrines, salumi, tinned fish and cheeses, as well as a selection of foods to take home, and also provides wine consulting services in the same space. Guests dining in can choose from a rotating number of wines by-the-glass, or opt for a bottle purchased in the shop for a corkage fee of $10.


New York’s Major Hospitality Shake-Up

Big changes in the hospitality world are afoot: Houston-based corporation Landry’s, Inc. has acquired the New York–based BR Guest Hospitality. The transaction is expected to close in a few weeks. BR Guest operates more than a dozen restaurants in Manhattan, including five Restaurant Award winners in the city: Blue Water Grill, Blue Fin, Atlantic Grill West, and Strip House on 12th Street and in Midtown. The purchase will see the BR Guest lineup join brands including Restaurant Award–winning chains Morton’s, the Steakhouse, Mastro’s Steakhouse and Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse, among others. Get the details [Trade members, sign up for the Shanken News Daily email newsletter for free access to all their website stories].—D.M.

Coming Soon: Changes at Aureole Las Vegas

From Nov. 27 through late December, Charlie Palmer’s Aureole Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino will temporarily close to update its dining concept. Though the specifics of the design changes have not yet been announced, Palmer has brought on a new executive chef, Johnny Church, to replace Arnaud Masset, and Timothy Staehling takes on the role of general manager from Arturo Delgadillo-Sanchez. There is no word yet on any changes to the wine program the restaurant, known for its 42-foot glass-enclosed wine tower and "wine angels" who pluck your bottle from Lucite bins, has earned a Grand Award each year since 2000 for its 2,700-selection list, managed by wine director Harley Carbery. The cellar is rich in choices from Bordeaux, Burgundy, California, Austria, Germany and the Rhône.—S.H.

Now Open From Michael Mina: Pabu Boston

On Nov. 1, chefs Michael Mina and Ken Tominaga opened Japanese restaurant PABU on the second floor of downtown Boston’s Millennium Tower. Located just off the city’s iconic Boston Commons park, the izakaya and sushi bar offers a similar menu to the San Francisco PABU but highlights shellfish and seafood from New England, and includes plates such as Plymouth Rock oysters with grated daikon, Tokyo fried chicken karaage and miso black cod with sweet onion tofu from chef Ben Steigers, as well as a special tasting menu. The beverage program includes several offerings of Japanese whiskey, beer and sake, as well as a wine list of 75 selections spanning France, California, Australia, New Zealand and beyond. Mina’s restaurants have a long history of successful wine lists currently, his group boasts 11 Restaurant Award winners, including Grand Award winner RN74 in San Francisco.—S.H.

Melbourne Dining Scene Gains a New Wine Bar

In August, Australian wine director David Lawler left his position as beverage director of Neil Perry’s acclaimed Rockpool Group to open his own establishment with fellow sommelier Tim Sacklin, previously of Best of Award of Excellence winner Rosetta Ristorante. As of Nov. 7, Comptoir has opened its doors at 60 Stanley St. in the Melbourne suburb of Collingwood. The combination of a wine bar and bottle shop offers bites for grazing such as terrines, salumi, tinned fish and cheeses, as well as a selection of foods to take home, and also provides wine consulting services in the same space. Guests dining in can choose from a rotating number of wines by-the-glass, or opt for a bottle purchased in the shop for a corkage fee of $10.


New York’s Major Hospitality Shake-Up

Big changes in the hospitality world are afoot: Houston-based corporation Landry’s, Inc. has acquired the New York–based BR Guest Hospitality. The transaction is expected to close in a few weeks. BR Guest operates more than a dozen restaurants in Manhattan, including five Restaurant Award winners in the city: Blue Water Grill, Blue Fin, Atlantic Grill West, and Strip House on 12th Street and in Midtown. The purchase will see the BR Guest lineup join brands including Restaurant Award–winning chains Morton’s, the Steakhouse, Mastro’s Steakhouse and Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse, among others. Get the details [Trade members, sign up for the Shanken News Daily email newsletter for free access to all their website stories].—D.M.

Coming Soon: Changes at Aureole Las Vegas

From Nov. 27 through late December, Charlie Palmer’s Aureole Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino will temporarily close to update its dining concept. Though the specifics of the design changes have not yet been announced, Palmer has brought on a new executive chef, Johnny Church, to replace Arnaud Masset, and Timothy Staehling takes on the role of general manager from Arturo Delgadillo-Sanchez. There is no word yet on any changes to the wine program the restaurant, known for its 42-foot glass-enclosed wine tower and "wine angels" who pluck your bottle from Lucite bins, has earned a Grand Award each year since 2000 for its 2,700-selection list, managed by wine director Harley Carbery. The cellar is rich in choices from Bordeaux, Burgundy, California, Austria, Germany and the Rhône.—S.H.

Now Open From Michael Mina: Pabu Boston

On Nov. 1, chefs Michael Mina and Ken Tominaga opened Japanese restaurant PABU on the second floor of downtown Boston’s Millennium Tower. Located just off the city’s iconic Boston Commons park, the izakaya and sushi bar offers a similar menu to the San Francisco PABU but highlights shellfish and seafood from New England, and includes plates such as Plymouth Rock oysters with grated daikon, Tokyo fried chicken karaage and miso black cod with sweet onion tofu from chef Ben Steigers, as well as a special tasting menu. The beverage program includes several offerings of Japanese whiskey, beer and sake, as well as a wine list of 75 selections spanning France, California, Australia, New Zealand and beyond. Mina’s restaurants have a long history of successful wine lists currently, his group boasts 11 Restaurant Award winners, including Grand Award winner RN74 in San Francisco.—S.H.

Melbourne Dining Scene Gains a New Wine Bar

In August, Australian wine director David Lawler left his position as beverage director of Neil Perry’s acclaimed Rockpool Group to open his own establishment with fellow sommelier Tim Sacklin, previously of Best of Award of Excellence winner Rosetta Ristorante. As of Nov. 7, Comptoir has opened its doors at 60 Stanley St. in the Melbourne suburb of Collingwood. The combination of a wine bar and bottle shop offers bites for grazing such as terrines, salumi, tinned fish and cheeses, as well as a selection of foods to take home, and also provides wine consulting services in the same space. Guests dining in can choose from a rotating number of wines by-the-glass, or opt for a bottle purchased in the shop for a corkage fee of $10.


New York’s Major Hospitality Shake-Up

Big changes in the hospitality world are afoot: Houston-based corporation Landry’s, Inc. has acquired the New York–based BR Guest Hospitality. The transaction is expected to close in a few weeks. BR Guest operates more than a dozen restaurants in Manhattan, including five Restaurant Award winners in the city: Blue Water Grill, Blue Fin, Atlantic Grill West, and Strip House on 12th Street and in Midtown. The purchase will see the BR Guest lineup join brands including Restaurant Award–winning chains Morton’s, the Steakhouse, Mastro’s Steakhouse and Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse, among others. Get the details [Trade members, sign up for the Shanken News Daily email newsletter for free access to all their website stories].—D.M.

Coming Soon: Changes at Aureole Las Vegas

From Nov. 27 through late December, Charlie Palmer’s Aureole Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino will temporarily close to update its dining concept. Though the specifics of the design changes have not yet been announced, Palmer has brought on a new executive chef, Johnny Church, to replace Arnaud Masset, and Timothy Staehling takes on the role of general manager from Arturo Delgadillo-Sanchez. There is no word yet on any changes to the wine program the restaurant, known for its 42-foot glass-enclosed wine tower and "wine angels" who pluck your bottle from Lucite bins, has earned a Grand Award each year since 2000 for its 2,700-selection list, managed by wine director Harley Carbery. The cellar is rich in choices from Bordeaux, Burgundy, California, Austria, Germany and the Rhône.—S.H.

Now Open From Michael Mina: Pabu Boston

On Nov. 1, chefs Michael Mina and Ken Tominaga opened Japanese restaurant PABU on the second floor of downtown Boston’s Millennium Tower. Located just off the city’s iconic Boston Commons park, the izakaya and sushi bar offers a similar menu to the San Francisco PABU but highlights shellfish and seafood from New England, and includes plates such as Plymouth Rock oysters with grated daikon, Tokyo fried chicken karaage and miso black cod with sweet onion tofu from chef Ben Steigers, as well as a special tasting menu. The beverage program includes several offerings of Japanese whiskey, beer and sake, as well as a wine list of 75 selections spanning France, California, Australia, New Zealand and beyond. Mina’s restaurants have a long history of successful wine lists currently, his group boasts 11 Restaurant Award winners, including Grand Award winner RN74 in San Francisco.—S.H.

Melbourne Dining Scene Gains a New Wine Bar

In August, Australian wine director David Lawler left his position as beverage director of Neil Perry’s acclaimed Rockpool Group to open his own establishment with fellow sommelier Tim Sacklin, previously of Best of Award of Excellence winner Rosetta Ristorante. As of Nov. 7, Comptoir has opened its doors at 60 Stanley St. in the Melbourne suburb of Collingwood. The combination of a wine bar and bottle shop offers bites for grazing such as terrines, salumi, tinned fish and cheeses, as well as a selection of foods to take home, and also provides wine consulting services in the same space. Guests dining in can choose from a rotating number of wines by-the-glass, or opt for a bottle purchased in the shop for a corkage fee of $10.


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