The Latest Dish March 23, 2016
Beefsteak, José Andrés’s vegetarian concept, is slated to open in Bethesda’s Westfield Montgomery Mall’s Dining Terrace (formerly the food court) where Qdoba was this summer. This will be in addition to the Foggy Bottom (GWU campus) and Dupont Circle locations and the new ones slated for Tenleytown and the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia this spring.
MGM National Harbor Casino has signed deals to open restaurants by José Andrés, Bryan and Michael Voltaggio, and Marcus Samuelsson. The entire project’s grand opening is slated for the third or fourth quarter of 2016. Jose’s restaurant will be focused on locally-sourced seafood; Marcus’s restaurant will pull from his varied cultural roots (Ethiopian, Swedish, American); “Top Chef” alums, and brothers, Bryan Voltaggio (Volt, Range, Aggio, Family Meal) and Michael Voltaggio (ink. and ink.sac in Los Angeles) will team up for the first time on a steakhouse concept.
What’s up in Georgetown? & pizza is taking over where Five Guys was on Wisconsin Avenue at Dumbarton St … Geoff Dawson (Bedrock Billiards, Penn Social) signed a lease with Jamestown LP for Georgetown Park mall, on the Wisconsin Avenue side where Pinstripes also rolls. He is also opening in Douglas Development Corp.’s Hecht Warehouse District in Ivy City. Quick Hits: Potomac Village Deli lives again. Owners Adam Greenberg and Sam Lerner plan to reopen in the Kentlands, in Gaithersburg in the second quarter, where Potomac Pizza on Center Point Way is (also owned by Adam). Neighborhood Restaurant Group plans to bring back an oldie but goodie when it opens EatBar on Barracks Row, where Kraze Burgers was. Philadelphia-based HipCityVeg opens where FroZen Yo was at 712 Seventh St. NW. It’s a 100-percent vegan restaurant concept. La Jambe, a French wine bar, charcuterie and fromagerie, is now slated to open in Shaw in May. Eric Hilton partnered with Andrew Evans and opened his BBQ Joint in the 14th Street Corridor where Hilton’s Den of Thieves ... Chef Nick Sharpe plans to open Jolene in Adams Morgan, since his pop-ups were so well received. Nick has worked at Ba Bay and After Peacock Room and is targeting a second quarter opening. Bareburger is slated to open where Cosi was in Dupont Circle at 1647 20th St. NW.
The folks who brought you DGS Delicatessen plan to open a seafood concept, Whaley’s, at the Lumber Shed building in the Yards development at Navy Yard this spring. It is named for local Revolutionary War Navy hero, Zedechiah Whaley.
GM & Chef Update: Nicholas Flores is the chef de cuisine at the recently opened Hank’s Pasta Bar in Old Town Alexandria, where Villa d’Este used to be. Nicholas was previously at Dupont Circle’s Al Tiramisu … Fidencio Rubio is now director of the beverage program — cocktails as well as its 100-plus label wine list — at Osteria Morini. He was previously with Passion Food Hospitality, Fiola and Casa Luca. Steven Benincasa is the new chef at Argia’s, an Italian restaurant in Falls Church. He was previously at Filomena and Paolo’s, both in Georgetown. Jeff Faile is the new beverage director for Aaron Silverman’s Pineapple & Pearls as well as for Rose’s Luxury. He was previously bar and spirits director at Neighborhood Restaurant Group … Sam Molavi is back at Ripple as chef de cuisine; he had been sous chef before he took a position at Compass Rose.
Changes: Andy Shallal’s Eatonville on 14th Street NW is now Mulebone, a Southern-American restaurant with a higher profile bar scene. The chef (who won Andy’s contest) is D.C. native Joseph Paire, who previously worked at Todd Gray’s Watershed and Farmers Fishers Bakers. He describes Mulebone as an American restaurant with Southern influences. After a two-year hiatus, chef-owners Aulie Bunyarataphan and Mel Oursinsiri, have returned Bangkok Joe’s to its original location at Washington Harbour — including the popular Dumpling Bar. It’s back after an interim as Mama Rouge.
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