Ken Oringer’s restaurant empire includes Clio, Uni, Toro, La Verdad, KO Prime, Coppa, and Earth

Ken Oringer is currently involved with seven restaurants in the Boston area and beyond, including Clio and Uni Sashimi Bar. His menus are highly influenced by his travels. In 2005, he opened Toro, a tapas bar, in the South End. Four years later, he and his partner in the Spanish restaurant, chef Jamie Bissonnette, opened a second South End establishment, the Italian enoteca Coppa. In between, Oringer shared his love of Mexican food with Boston, opening La Verdad near Fenway Park in 2007. He is also a consulting chef for upscale steakhouse KO Prime, in the Nine Zero hotel downtown. Farther afield, in Kennebunkport, Maine, he collaborated with the owners of the resort Hidden Pond to open Earth last summer. The menu there is driven by seafood, produce, and other ingredients from the region.