Chef Mario Batali and restaurateur Joe Bastianich will open a new restaurant in New York City. According to Eater NY, the pair have inked a deal to "take over the entire food and beverage program" at the Maritime Hotel. They will replace the hotel's current restaurant, La Bottega, with a place that centers on the food of the "Italian coast and islands." Eater NY notes that this is Batali and Bastianich's the first major restaurant project in NYC — aside from their Italian megastore Eataly — since Del Posto, which they opened in 2006.
The pair are also busy with other new projects including a Babbo Pizzeria in Boston. Their Italian mega-marketplace Eataly is also in the works for cities across the U.S. including Philadelphia and Los Angeles. Plus, both are currently starring on their own shows: Batali launched a series on Hulu called The High Road, while Bastianich stars in CNBC's Restaurant Startup. There is no official time line yet, but the duo's Maritime hotel restaurant will most likely open in 2015.