A whole slew of major restaurant expansion news came out yesterday. Here are some of the highlights.
1) The Big Gay Ice Cream Truck: One of New York City's best-known and most popular attractions has opened a storefront location (125 East 7th Street). A whole slew of friends, including chef Anthony Bourdain, showed up to open the store. Bourdain showed up in a priest's outfit. The lines were impressive. The shop will be open seven days a week. Here's some video from the grand opening:
2) The Dutch: This place describes itself as "American Restaurant, Bar and Oyster Room inspired by local cafés, country inns, corner taverns, neighborhood bistros, seaside shacks, roadside joints, old school dining halls and the same mix of cultural influences that make New York City great." It makes good, honest, tasty food. Well, now you're going to be able to enjoy that food in Miami Beach. Chef Andrew Carmellini will open the restaurant in mid-November and it will be located at the W Hotel on Collins Avenue.
3) Brian Malarkey: You might remember Brian Malarkey from his appearance on Top Chef several seasons ago, but you might soon know him for his expanding restaurant empire. Malarkey and his partner, James Brennan, found success with their first two restaurants Burlap and Searsucker and now plan an ambitious expansion project of 15 new restaurants by 2016. In all, the new restaurants will cost around $40 million to complete. Though the expansion will occur largely outside of San Diego, Malarkey plans to open his next restaurant in La Jolla by next April