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Turning Tables: Exciting Restaurant Openings in Portland, Detroit and More

A seafood concept comes to the Kimpton RiverPlace Hotel, the Big Rock Chop House family opens Lumen, Michael Mina unveils his Las Vegas renovation
King Tide Fish & Shell will have an emphasis on seafood dishes like whole filleted fish.
Photo by: Aubrie Pick
King Tide Fish & Shell will have an emphasis on seafood dishes like whole filleted fish.

Julie Harans, Brianne Garrett, Lexi Williams
Posted: April 12, 2018

Portland's Kimpton RiverPlace Hotel Opens Seafood Concept

King Tide Fish & Shell is expected to open the last week of April in the Kimpton RiverPlace Hotel in Portland, Ore. The group also owns Wine Spectator Restaurant Award winners Panzano in Denver, Tulio Restaurant in Seattle, Scala's Bistro in San Francisco and Urbana Dining & Drinks in Washington, D.C.

Executive chef Lauro Romero will serve seafood-focused dishes like ceviche with spicy tomato granita and calamari with hazelnut. The wine program will mostly feature selections from the Pacific Northwest to complement the regional menu. Managed by bartender Elizabeth Powell, the list will offer 80 selections with 18 available by the glass.

"This is our first iteration of the wine list and we're trying to keep it as approachable as possible," Powell told Wine Spectator. "We're not going to stop looking for really great wine." The list highlights Oregon producers such as Soter, Evening Land, Alloro and Harper Voit, but will expand with Old World bottlings from France, Italy and Spain.—J.H.

Lumen Lights Up Detroit's Beacon Park

Courtesy of Lumen Detroit
Lumen is the latest addition to Detroit's burgeoning dining scene.

Lumen in Detroit opened March 27 in an ultramodern Beacon Park space, with a green twist. The bistro is a collaboration between electric company DTE Energy and the LePage family, owners of Best of Award of Excellence winner Big Rock Chop House in Birmingham, Mich.

The restaurant has numerous eco-friendly features, including a green roof, and the building is LEED-certified.

It's a more casual concept than Big Rock Chop House. "Our menu is very approachable, with kind of an eclectic or funky little twist, so with the wine list we wanted to do the same thing," general manager Sarah Stricher told Wine Spectator.

The restaurant offers 21 wines by the glass or by the bottle—all $60 or less—and a "captain's list" with an additional 22 bottles. The options span the globe, from Burgundy to Languedoc-Roussillon to Napa Valley to South Australia. Stricher said she'll keep the list short and sweet, possibly expanding the rosé section for summer. "We are really excited to tap into what Detroit's palate is and what people want to drink," she said.—J.H.

Michael Mina Unveils Revamped Las Vegas Restaurant

Anthony Mair
Seared tuna with foie gras is on Michael Mina's Las Vegas menu.

Best of Award of Excellence winner Michael Mina reopens today with a refreshed menu and a renovated space in Las Vegas' Bellagio hotel, including a larger dining room with a lounge space and raw bar, and a private dining space. The menu maintains a Mediterranean spin, but with a new focus on seafood dishes, like a spice-crusted whole-fried fish. A five-course tasting menu of chef Mina's signature dishes is also on offer.

To complement the cuisine refresh, the wine list has been revised from 715 to 650 selections, with more crisp, high-acid wines. New additions include Didier Dagueneau Pouilly-Fumé Pur Sang 2014 and Failla Chardonnay Fort Ross-Seaview Estate Vineyard 2012.

Mina's restaurant group has nine other Best of Award of Excellence winners, including Michael Mina in San Francisco, RN74 Seattle and four locations of Bourbon Steak.—J.H.

D.C.'s 1789 Welcomes New Executive Chef

Courtesy of 1789
Tracy O'Grady has been a chef and partner at many D.C.-area restaurants.

Tracy O'Grady is in as executive chef of Award of Excellence winner 1789 Restaurant in Washington, D.C. O'Grady has been a part of the D.C. dining scene for over a decade, notably by having opened (and later closed) her own restaurant, Willow. With the new role, O'Grady is focused on creating a seasonal dinner menu, as well as a selection of small plates for the new bar and lounge that were created after a recent renovation. The 250-selection wine list, which has strengths in California, France and Italy, is not expected to change.—L.W.

Masseria Hosts Pio Cesare Wine Dinner Before Wine Spectator's Grand Tour in D.C.

Best of Award of Excellence winner Masseria in Washington, D.C., is hosting a 60-seat Pio Cesare wine dinner April 19, the evening before Wine Spectator's Grand Tour stop in the capital.

Chef Nicholas Stefanelli said the Masseria team has been collecting Pio Cesare wines for years and was eager to collaborate. "Being able to see [vintages] comparatively tasted side by side helps the consumer," Stefanelli told Wine Spectator. "This is going to be a really magical dinner, and we're really excited to have this happen."

The chef will serve five courses paired with 11 selections from the Piedmont producer. Winemaker Pio Boffa will be there to talk about the wines, which include a 2017 Gavi with soft-shell crab, a 1964 Barolo with dry-aged beef deckle, and a Barolo Chinato with almond meringue.

Tickets are $450 per person and available at Masseria's website.—J.H.

Chicago's Sixteen Closes, with a New Concept in the Works

Sixteen, the Best of Award of Excellence winner in Chicago's Trump International Hotel and Tower, will close April 28. The restaurant will reopen this summer as a new concept with an expanded space, including an outdoor terrace and a large bar in the dining room. Chef Nick Dostal will remain onboard, but the prix fixe–only menu will become a more approachable à la carte menu. Parag Lalit will continue managing the wine program, which now has 1,200 selections with strengths in France and California. "We will also look to expand our classical region holdings and build out our offerings to adhere to a variety of budgets without sacrificing on quality," Stark told Wine Spectator via email.—J.H.

Bar Masa in Las Vegas Closes

Aria Resort & Casino's Best of Award of Excellence–winning Bar Masa in Las Vegas, as well as Tetsu, closed earlier this month. Bar Masa had a 400-selection wine list with strengths in France and California. Catch restaurant will occupy the open space come this fall, a concept known for its seafood, sushi and steak.—B.G.

Milwaukee's C.1880 Is Closing Soon

It's the last month to visit Award of Excellence winner C.1880 in Milwaukee before its doors close. "Things have slowed down, and making a choice to keep going could have gone very poorly, [so] we decided to go out on a high note," Joshua Wolter-Milton, general manager and beverage director, told Wine Spectator via email.

Guests can still enjoy the restaurant's 235-selection wine list until its last day, April 28. "Right now we are concentrating on having an amazing couple of last weeks," Wolter-Milton said.—B.G.

Fogo de Chão Closes a Las Vegas Location

Fogo de Chão closed its Summerlin, Nev., location March 26. The Brazilian steak-house chain has 42 other Award of Excellence–winning outposts. The company did not provide a reason for the closure, but a spokesperson for Fogo de Chão released a statement thanking guests and mentioning plans to help relocate employees.—J.H.

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