Chris Starkus Gets Meaty in Denver and More Chef News Out West

In Denver, Urban Farmer beefed up the Oxford Hotel, featuring contemporary steakhouse fare by Chris Starkus. Citizen Rail rolled into the Hotel Born, featuring a meaty menu of wood-fired fare by Christian Graves.

In Los Angeles, Michael Voltaggio relocated ink to West Hollywood, renamed it ink.well and reopened. Etcho Cafe is a casual all-day addition to the brand new Jeremy Hotel. A travel-inspired cocktail lounge called Vacation took shape in Santa Ana. Drew Terp promoted René Ortega to sous chef at PICO. Primal Kitchen, which opened its first location in South Bend, Indiana, is adding a Culver City outpost before expanding elsewhere across the country. Brooke Williamson focuses on ice cream for her next venture, Small Batch, scooping soon in Mar Vista. The Urban Oven food truck puts down new roots downtown next month. When the Kimpton Rowan hotel opens in Palm Springs, it’ll contain multiple dining outlets from Stephen Wambach (Formento’s), including all-day eatery Juniper Table, rooftop spot 4 Saints and cocktail-focused Window Bar and High Bar. Maison Richard closed after 40 years in business.

In the Bay Area, Kuma Sushi & Sake is a casual new entry from Ryo Sakai and Cory Jackson. Ron Siegel (Michael Mina) is going solo with Madcap, a vegetable-driven outlet in San Anselmo. Forbes Island has shuttered.

In Seattle, William Leaman and Heather Leaman are bringing their flagship location of Bakery Nouveau to Burien in September. Later next month, Ryan Donaldson (Stone House) goes global with eclectic small plates with Gather. Vegan ice cream spot Frankie and Jo’s expands to Ballard early next year.

In San Diego, Portland’s famed Salt & Straw ice cream shop sets its sights on Little Italy for local expansion.

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