Chef Update: Luc A. Dendievel will lead the culinary team as executive chef at härth restaurant at Hilton McLean Tysons Corner. Dendievel has worked with renowned chefs Michel Richard and Antoine Westermann. He most recently worked as executive chef at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel & Café du Parc. Kenneth Hughes was named executive chef at Poplar Springs Inn and Manor House Restaurant. He previously served as chef de cuisine at the Manor House Restaurant for former owner Executive Chef Howard Foer from 2006-2008. Most recently, Hughes was executive chef at Open Kitchen in Falls Church. Maggie Suge was named Pastry Chef at The Manor House Restaurant, after 13 years as assistant pastry chef at the Inn at Little Washington.
Just Opened: Soupergirl opened a new takeout store at 1829 M St., NW, in the former Yo-Cake location. The shop offers five $6 soups that change daily. They are not your average soup names, as they originate from the owner Sara Polon’s previous career as a stand-up comedian in New York City. The original Takoma Park location is where all the food sold at both locations is prepared. All food at Soupergirl is kosher-certified, Slow Food-certified and REAL (Responsible, Epicurean and Agricultural Leadership) certified.
Reese Gardner, known for Mighty Pint, Copperwood Tavern & Irish Public House, plans to open Orange Anchor in the former Cabanas space in Georgetown’s Washington Harbour. It’s being referred to as a nautical inspired eatery. An August opening is planned.
Quick Hits: Sushi-Keiko opens where Sushi-ko used to be on Wisconsin Avenue in Glover Park…Just down the street, Mad Fox Brewpub is opening Taproom where Mayfair & Pine used to be in Glover Park…A summer opening is planned for Secret Chopsticks, a contemporary Chinese restaurant, opening in Rosslyn’s Turnberry Towers at N. Oak Street and Ft Myer Drive…Spinfire, QSR pizza place will open at 1501 Wilson Blvd (next to Roti) in Rosslyn as well as at One Loudoun in Ashburn…Shawafel, serving QSR Lebanese food, plans to open at 1919 Wilson Blvd in the Courthouse area this fall. The original store opened on H Street, NE with a second one at Nats Park.
Bangkok Joe’s at Georgetown’s Washington Harbour is under renovation and will transform into a French-Southeast Asian restaurant, named Mama Rouge. The new restaurant will open in September, according to chef/owner Aulie Bunyarataphan and Mel Oursinsini. They also own and operate Tom Yum District across Key Bridge in Arlington as well as T.H.A.I. in Shirlington.
Openings Update: Boss Shepherd’s at 13th & E Streets, NW is slated to open July 21… Smashburger plans to open its 8th store in this market, in Gaithersburg on July 9. GRK has targeted the second week of July for its 19th Street opening…. Chuy’s is planning to open in Fairfax in late August and in Springfield in October….Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House is on schedule to open in CityCenterDC in early September….Del Frisco’s Grille is slated to open in Rockville’s Pike & Rose project in mid-September. Ted’s Bulletin is committed to open in Merrifield’s Mosaic District this fall.
Congratulations to Ty Neal, Mark Neal and Drew Kim of matchboxfoodgroup on winning Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year in the Food & Beverage category for the DC metro area. They are now on goal to win the national contest.
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