West Coast Food Business Move East: Via Tribunali and Caffe Vita open in New York.
West Coast Chefs Move East: Matthew Lightner, previously chef of Castagna in Portland, moves to New York to become chef of Atera, a new restaurant opening in Tribeca, whose menu will- what else?- “echo the Nordic approach” to wild food cuisine.
Starbucks moves to the juice business: Starbucks opens its first branded Evolution Fresh Juice Bar in Bellevue.
AND BREAKING NEWS!!! TOM DOUGLAS GETS A NOMINATION FOR OUTSTANDING RESTAURATEUR FROM JAMES BEARD AWARDS!!!!! (yeah, again…. but we are always hopeful. Alexis! Stop calling it our “Susan Lucci nomination!”)