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Restaurant News: Rhapsody Becomes Tesori, LM Leaves Lincoln Square

By Anthony Todd in Food on Jul 12, 2012 6:20PM

Lyonnaise salad at Brasserie by LM.
- Rhapsody, the symphony-adjacent loop restaurant, has closed. We'd never actually dined there (if you weren't going to the symphony, there was little reason to be in that part of the loop after dark), but we'd always admired the over-the-top interior. Fear not, orchestra-lovers; a new restaurant will be replacing it this fall. Named "Tesori," there is no information available yet except for their incredibly nondescript tagline: "A new concept where amazing food and great wine come together in a distinct urban setting." In other words, a restaurant in the loop. We'll let you know when we hear more.

- LM, the neighborhood French staple that has recently opened a few new locations, is moving out of their cozy neighborhood location to join the big time. After three years in Lincoln Square, LM will be replacing the ailing Elate in the lobby of the Felix Hotel. LM has also opened two additional restaurants in the past couple of months: Troquet in Lincoln Square (which we love) and Brasserie by LM in the Essex Inn (which we don't). Here's hoping that these openings, combined with the move, don't overextend this company.

- Mixologist Michael Simon is a superstar who hasn't yet found a home. After a stint at Graham Elliot, Simon most recently ran the bar at Acadia, where his amazing concoctions blew us away on a couple of very cold winter nights. He left Acadia a few weeks ago and has landed at The Bedford. The restaurant group announced yesterday that Simon would be joining up as beverage manager for The Bedford as well as the upcoming Carriage House, set to open in September. The Bedford has great food, but the cocktails have never quite lived up to the beautiful bar space, so we can't wait to see what Simon comes up with.