Travel Picks: Top 9 restaurant openings of 2009

Fri Mar 27, 2009 8:35am EDT
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SYDNEY (Reuters Life!) - Despite the world's economic woes, a menu of top-class chefs are pushing ahead with plans to open new restaurants this year.

Men's website has come up with a list of nine of the hottest new restaurant openings this year. Reuters has not endorsed this list:

1. The Savoy Grill, Gordon Ramsay, London

When the Savoy Hotel reopens after a 100 million pound ($144 million) restoration, it will feature a new Savoy Grill run under the watchful eye of Gordon Ramsay.

2. Bouchon, Thomas Keller, Los Angeles

The American chef with three Michelin stars will open a new house -- Bouchon -- in the Beverly Hills Garden Building in late 2009.This will be a casual-dining house that features the best of Keller's creations.

3. BLT Steak, Laurent Tourondel, Charlotte

The Ritz-Carlton chose Bistro Laurent Tourondel -- known as BLT Steak to its friends -- to fit the bill in the new Bank of America Center. Tourondel is known across the world for his approach to fine dining: it's more casual than most, but he never compromises on the best ingredients.

4. Quattro Gastronomia Italiana, Nicola and Fabrizio Carro, New York   Continued...

<p>A man views silverware at the Savoy Hotel in central London, December 17, 2007. REUTERS/Toby Melville</p>