Los Angeles Disney Hall, the Frank Gehry-designed complex with two Joachim Splichal restaurants, may be the fall's biggest news, but the reincarnation of Le Dome runs a close second. The Sunset Boulevard landmark reopens with playful French cooking from chef Sam Marvin, formerly at Modada. Also coming up: jazz musician Herb Alpert's Bel Air restaurant, Vibrato, and Lemon Moon, which is scheduled to open in December and reunites F&W Best New Chefs 1997 Josiah Citrin (of Melisse) and Raphael Lunetta (of JiRaffe); it gets its moniker from the chefs' last names.
Chicago Spring chef Shawn McClain's Green Zebra should win over a few meat eaters with its mostly vegetarian menu when it opens later this winter. Jerry Kleiner, co-owner of the trendy Marche, Gioco and Opera, brings his still unnamed steak-and-sushi concept to the South Loop in November. Nearby, Don Yamauchi will cook modern American at Fuse in the new Hotel 71 on the Chicago River.
New York City Former Craft chef Marco Canora is launching his own restaurant, Hearth, with ex-Gramercy Tavern wine guru Paul Grieco, preparing Italian-inflected American cuisine. At Schiller's Liquor Bar on the trendy Lower East Side, Balthazar owner Keith McNally serves dishes inspired by the historically Jewish and Latin neighborhood, like egg creams and Cuban sandwiches and standards like steak frites.