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Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Dinner and gossip

It's official. Tom Catherall is taking over the space vacated by Emeril's. His new Asian-style restaurant, Aja, will open October 1.

We ran into Catherall at his latest venture, Home, to which we returned for dinner last night, after an amazing lunch last Friday. Catherall said his concept is inspired by Paris' legendary Buddha Bar, known as much for its musical ambiance (and recordings) as its fusion of French and Asian cooking (think Vietnam).

Aja (pronounced "Asia") takes its name from the title track of Steely Dan's pivotal 1977 album. If you've never heard the song, check out the video below.

As it happens, Richard Blais was not in the kitchen last night. Catherall explained that the "Top Chef" contestant had to return to New York for further filming. Let's see. The season's filming is supposed to be complete. Could that mean....

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