We were all set to do another Chef's Table with talented chef Anthony Marini at Local restaurant for the holidays, but were disappointed when we learned the restaurant had closed. Happily, though, it's only temporary -- Marini is going to be moving to a new location in Birmingham and plans to be open again in two months.
As Marini says on the Local web site, "As the saying goes, 'evolve or die,' so with that in mind we are taking (local) to a new level by moving to a great new location. I have been so proud of what we have accomplished and want to bring that same spirit with a whole new look in the city that I now call my home."
Marini has been critically acclaimed for his creations at Local as well as his previous Birmingham restaurant, AMBA. Local won Best New Restaurant in 2006 and One of the Top 3 Restaurants in 2007 in Birmingham Weekly's Menu of Menus. In August, he and fellow Birmingham chef Clif Holt, of Little Savannah, were invited to prepare dinner at the Beard House in New York City.
He's still finalizing the deal, so he won't divulge the new location yet. After he has everything finalized, we'll bring you a Q&A with Marini on Bhamdining.com about the new location, why he loves his adopted city and more.