Alinea's number seven placement at the World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards was not the only exciting news for Grant Achatz to come out of Monday's event. Steve Dolinsky managed to get an interview with Achatz after the win, and between polite gloating and bittersweet apologies to Thomas Keller, he casually mentioned that he planned to announce two "places" on May 4. The date happens to be Alinea's five year anniversary. The plans are unknown for now, though we can't help but start conjecturing.
We immediately started thinking about the hypothetical bar that was rumored about a few months, which will definitely not be called Boom. But it is not even a definite. The announcement comes just a day after the James Beard Awards in New York, which means the announcement could be made there. But that's the best we can do at the moment. We'll wait for now.
The video also features Dolinsky hobnobbing with Wylie Dufresne and David Chang, before bragging about his front row seat. It's a must view.