The future of dining in America looks bright. Next year, some of the country’s most iconic cooks—alongside legendary chefs from around the world—will unleash fresh new dining engagements, from mod Mexican to casual French, to dry-aged beef-powered Korean. Expect projects from big-time names like chef Enrique Olvera of Mexico City’s Pujol, hometown hero chef Daniel Humm from Eleven Madison Park, and restaurateur Danny Meyer, whose Shake Shack empire needs no introduction. Also of note, London-based cocktail wizard Ryan Chetiyawardana—responsible for the drinks den that was named World’s Best Bar last year—will reveal his first U.S. project. Below, 27 of America’s most anticipated restaurants to open in 2020.


Key Players: Nick Kokonas, Grant Achatz, Rich Melman, Kevin Brown, R.J. Melman
Estimated Debut: Fall 2020 Chicago’s mega hospitality developer Lettuce Entertain You is teaming up with the crew behind globally-recognized, fine dining boîte Alinea to revive the city’s once iconic French eatery Ambria, which shuttered in 2007 after nearly three decades of service. Moving into Lincoln Park’s Belden Stratford building, which housed the original restaurant, expect an updated take on French fine dining.