701 Gets New Look, Plus A Chef With Chops

Come August, out goes 701's old look, above, and in comes a makeover and new chef Adam Longworth from NYC's Gotham Bar and Grill.

You may have heard that 701 Restaurant, now in its 19th year, is poised for a major makeover. Owner Ashok Bajaj will close the doors Aug. 2 through Aug. 10 for a fast and furious revamp of the interior.

And while I'm sure the new look and rejiggered floor plan will breath some fresh air into the space, I'm looking forward to tasting the cooking of newly appointed executive chef Adam Longworth.

Longworth brings a strong culinary résumé to town, having worked for years with chef Alfred Portale of New York’s Gotham Bar and Grill, where he was named chef de cuisine in 2007. That's kind of like the culinary equivalent of graduating from an Ivy League school, considering that talents like Wylie Dufresne, Tom Colicchio and Bill Telepan all passed under Portale's watch at Gotham.

Longworth's new seafood-focused menu debuts Aug. 10, when the restaurant is scheduled to reopen, with dishes like hamachi crudo with shiitake mushrooms, spicy soy, cucumber and lime; grilled bronzino with Spanish olives, potato confit, Serrano ham and chardonnay vinegar; and sautéed lamb loin with potato puree and Black Mission fig.