New York and San Francisco have long been viewed as the meccas the dining world — but now, a few more cities are stepping into the spotlight. If you’re looking to open up a restaurant, consider these up-and-coming locales whose growing economies and diversifying social scenes are putting them on par with either side of the coast.
With a thriving business sector thanks to Amazon and the wealth of seafood and produce available in the Pacific Northwest, Seattle is quickly becoming a restaurant hotspot, teeming with youthful people who want to go out multiple times a week. You can’t go wrong with an oyster bar or somewhere that fuses casual and contemporary.
The Mile High City is attracting a lot of attention these days — the legalization of cannabis, the beautiful ski lodges, and the thriving start-up culture that has earned the city the nickname, “Silicon Mountains.” All of these trends have brought in more capital, as well as a social, forward-thinking population. Here’s a city where chefs can experiment with more adventurous dining concepts, without facing the cutthroat competitiveness of a place like New York.
Few cities in America are experiencing the sustained economic boom that is happening in Dallas. Once a city known only for its association with the airline industry, it’s now a cosmopolitan spot with diverse, thriving commerce, and new developments coming up every single day. With each pocket of the city slowly being turned into a trendy dining neighborhood and property costs still relatively stable, it’s the perfect time to open up shop in the Big D.
D.C. has long been the center of government — a gathering place for an intelligent, international crowd. Only recently, it seems, have chefs started to realize the value of this audience as diners — beyond just the power lunch crowd. Top chefs like Daniel Boulud and David Chang have already opened up spots there, with more places earning national renown by the day.
Just two hours from New York City, Philadelphia is like a more laid-back version of the Big Apple — but filled with just as much innovation. With the success of food halls like Reading Terminal Market, chefs like Stephen Starr (with 20+ restaurants in the city), and iconic dishes like the Philly cheesesteak — it’s no secret that this is a place where people love to eat out.
An early leader in the farm-to-table and craft brewing movements, Portland’s rich food culture is only just getting started. Locals and tourists alike are constantly enamored by the city’s abundance of seasonal produce, gorgeous nature vistas, and hip and creative nightlife spots. [Read more…]