Sherry Scopes Progress at Connie & Ted's

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Cimarusti's chowder Photo: Tatiana Arbogast

Expectations are ramping up and taste buds starting to water, as S. Irene learns direct from Michael Cimarusti that his casual New England-style seafood follow-up, Connie & Ted's, is currently reviewing construction bids, after which building will commence on his West Hollywood sequel. Cimarusti tells the critic,"I really wanted to open a clam shackThis is going to be a little bigger, but we'll still have a screen door slapping at the front." The chef also plans an oyster bar with a selection of crab cakes, lobster rolls, chowder, and fried clams. The restaurant is named for his grandparents, whom he visited as a lad every summer in...Providence! [LAT]