Ysaac Ramirez moved from the Ace Hotel and Swim Club to 4 Saints at the Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs. Credit: Jakob Layman

A Reopening; a New Place; an Opening Coming Soon

The restaurant universe is clearly in motion—as we’re starting to seeing lots of changes and openings across the valley.

First up: There’s a new chef at the recently reopened 4 Saints, located on the top floor of the Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs, at 100 W. Tahquitz Canyon Way, in Palm Springs. Chef Ysaac Ramirez was most recently at King’s Highway at the Ace Hotel and Swim Club; he brings a Southern twist to high-quality California ingredients. Menu highlights include the charred maitake mushrooms with red grits and green apple, as a starter ($14), and the bone-in Peads and Barnetts pork chop with radicchio and plum agrodolce ($39) as an entrée; get details at www.4saintspalmsprings.com.

In Palm Desert, the new Jolene’s Bar and Lounge, at 74868 Country Club Drive, No. 103, has small plates, paninis and charcuterie, as well as craft cocktails, available Thursday through Sunday. Stop in for a bite and a drink, and enjoy live music. Make reservations and learn more at jolenespalmdesert.com.

Meanwhile, in Cathedral City, a new restaurant is coming soon to the Mary Pickford Theatre area. Salt Flats, at 68718 E Palm Canyon Drive, Suite 101—in the space most recently home to Los Arcos—will offer modern American food celebrating desert culture; the owners promise to highlight regional farms. Check out www.saltflatsfood.com to peruse the planned menu and learn more.

In Brief

And now, a series of chain-restaurant news items. First up: Florida-based I Heart Mac and Cheese is making its first foray into California at 190 S. Indian Canyon Drive, in Palm Springs. The franchise owners promise to stay open until after the bars close; the restaurant will serve traditional and “loaded” mac-and-cheese bowls and sandwiches, along with a variety of health-conscious options. I imagine it will be popular with hungry bachelorettes before they head back to their AirBnBs for the night; find out more at www.iheartmacandcheese.com. … It’s yet another place to get fried chicken in the Coachella Valley: A Raising Cane’s is coming to the shopping center on Ramon Road and San Luis Rey Drive. The place serves chicken fingers, fries, Texas toast and coleslaw. There is no word yet on an opening date, nor have they said whether they’ll give away defibrillator paddles with every 10th order. The website is www.raisingcanes.com. … Further down Ramon Road—at 68031 Ramon, specifically—is a new Cluckin Bun. This Nashville-style fried-chicken place, based in Inglewood, touts the fact that the chicken is breaded with Hot Cheetos. I am not sure what to think of that; decide for yourself at cluckinbun.com. … And now for chain coffee news: Two new Starbucks are set to open in Palm Springs: One will be in the center anchored by Albertson’s at the corner of Sunrise Way and Vista Chino; the other will near the Raising Cane’s at Ramon and San Luis Rey. This means we’re two steps closer to fulfilling Herbert Hoover’s dream of a Starbucks on every corner. … Dutch Bros. coffee is now open at 81776 Highway 111, in Indio; there’s also one located at 44175 Jefferson St., in La Quinta. This chain is known for its coffee, smoothies and other drinks meant to get you going. The company famously gives back lots of dollars to local communities, so you can feel good while sipping; learn more at dutchbros.com. … Another option: You could head over to the Indio Food Park, at 82868 Miles Ave., and grab a cup of Amigo’s Coffee and a breakfast burrito. Find out more at indiofoodpark.com. … The Steak House at Agua Caliente Palm Springs, at 401 E. Amado Road, Palm Springs, has brought the weekend brunch back to the casino. The seafood platter for two, and chilaquiles verdes with New York steak, should not be missed; peruse the menu at sparesortcasino.com. … Another new wine and beer shop has passed the approval process: Hyphen, a natural wine and organic beer shop, is set to open at 1007 N. Palm Canyon Drive, in Palm Springs, sometime in the coming months. Owner John Libonati has a similar wine shop in Boston as well as a bar in New York City. Watch www.hyphenpsp.com for updates. … The Tropicale Restaurant and Lounge, at 330 E. Amado Road, in Palm Springs, has begun an expansion of its patio. The news was announced via a somewhat cryptic video on Facebook; a call to the restaurant confirmed the patio expansion is in the works. The website is apps.thetropicale.com. … Finally, congratulations to three Coachella Valley restaurants for making it onto OpenTable’s 100 Best Neighborhood Gems in America for 2021: 1501 Uptown Gastropub, Si Bon and Spencer’s Restaurant. OpenTable analyzed internal data generated from diner reviews between April 1, 2020, and March 31, 2021. How’d they make the list? “All restaurants with a minimum ‘overall’ score and number of qualifying reviews were included for consideration. Qualifying restaurants were then scored and sorted according to the sum of tags for which ‘neighborhood gems’ and ‘outdoor dining’ was selected as a special feature.”

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Charles Drabkin is a native of McMinnville, Ore., the heart of the Oregon Wine Country, where the relationship between food and people was instilled in him at an early age. After working his way around...

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