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The Dublin, Ireland-based Ri Ra will add a new location and a new concept to its growing metropolitan D.C. base of operations. When it takes over the Mie N Yu space on M Street in Georgetown, it will bring not only its Irish energy, but an Irish chef who is developing a full service upscale menu, punctuating Ri Ra’s latest evolution into the restaurant scene. It will also feature a state-of-the-art whiskey bar featuring 150 different whiskeys, supplemented by an authoritative whiskey program.
Chef Update: Marjorie Meek-Bradley has taken over executive chef duties at Ripple in Cleveland Park. She worked previously with Mike Isabella at Graffiato and for Thomas Keller at Per Se in NYC. Chef Greg McCarty will head the kitchen at Ashok Bajaj’s newest venture, NOPA Kitchen & Bar where Zola’s was on F Street in Penn Quarter. McCarty’s credentials include Jean-Georges and Nobu Fifty Seven in NYC. La Tasca Spanish Tapas Bar & Restaurant has announced the appointment of Josu Zubikarai as their new executive chef, overseeing culinary operations for all five of the company’s restaurants: Washington, D.C., Arlington and Alexandria, Va., Rockville, Md. and Baltimore. Zubikarai was the opening chef for Taberna del Alabardero in Washington, DC in 1989. Ashley Soto has been named executive pastry chef at the new Farmers Fishers Bakers. She used to work for Black Restaurant Group’s Pearl Dive Oyster Bar. She manages pastries offered at the new FirstBake bakery and coffee shop within the restaurant. Carrie Jenkins, who briefly managed the pastry program at Farmers Fishers Bakers, has been promoted to executive pastry chef for Founding Farmers in downtown D.C.
Karl Graham, of the defunct New York Avenue Beach Bar, is in partnership with Hogo and The Passenger owner Tom Brown (Derek’s brother) to open The Elroy, named for the young son in The Jetsons cartoon from yester-year, so think “futuristic.” It will be in the ever burgeoning H Street corridor, as 1423 H St NE. Karl is a general contractor, so that should be a big advantage. A June opening is planned.
Aaron Tootill is the executive chef at The Bench restaurant opening at the Gaithersburg Marriott Washington Center in the Rio Washingtonian Center, this spring. The restaurant will be contemporary American. Tootill was opening chef for Fire & Sage at Marriott Metro Center in downtown D.C. A spring opening is planned.
Capitol Prague Restaurant will open where Morso was at M and Prospect Streets in Georgetown. It will also operate a coffee shop nearby. The cuisine is Czech and Slovak: think schnitzel and dumplings. It will offer Czech Republic beers hard to find anywhere else. An April opening is planned.