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Chef and GM Update: Chad Medina is kitchen manager at Steelfire Kitchen & Bar in the Maple Lawn development in Howard County. He comes from Bluestone seafood restaurant in Timonium (North of Baltimore). Kristin Shedd is general manager … Alex Levin of Osteria Morini in Southeast joins The Schlow Restaurant Group as executive pastry chef, overseeing all restaurants in D.C. (The Riggsby, Tico, Alta Strada, Conosci, Casolare) as well as in Los Angeles and New England … Brian Drosenos is the new chef de cuisine for The Hay-Adams hotel.

Pidzza, offering Turkish-inspired pizza, opened in the Hecht Warehouse in Ivy City in December. Owner Koray Bozkurt plans to expand into Penn Quarter at 736 6th St. NW, as well as into the H Street and U Street corridors. Nicholas Acker has been hired as area manager.

Quick Hits: Chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa’s Nobu is slated to open at 2501 M St. NW, just over the Pennsylvania Avenue Bridge leading to Georgetown, seating 234 … Reverie — from chef Johnny Spero of Minibar, currently executive chef at Columbia Room — is expected to open this summer on Grace Street in Georgetown, serving modern American food and seating 60 … Black Restaurant Group’s Addie’s is planning their second-quarter opening at Park Potomac Development.

Bar Bao will open March in Clarendon at 3100 Clarendon Boulevard, where Mad Rose Tavern used to be. It’s brought to you by Social Restaurant Group (Provision No. 14, The Prospect, Pamplona). Bar Bao will specialize in bao, fluffy white buns filled with savory flavors, a popular street food in Asia.

Another big (337 seats) steak house will open in downtown D.C. in the third quarter of this year. Wisconsin-based Noble Chef Hospitality plans to open Rare Steakhouse & Tavern in the Laborers’ International Union building at 16th and I Streets NW. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, the restaurant also has catering rights for the private events space on the top floor that overlooks the White House.

Hotel Restaurant Update: At The Line hotel, slated to open in early May, Erik Bruner-Yang will open a casual restaurant, Brothers and Sisters, with a bar called Eastern Bar Parlour. Broken English will be his more formal dining space. Spike Gjerde will open A Rake’s Progress, A Rake’s Bar and The Cup We All Race 4 (sounds similar to Baltimore’s legendary The Horse You Came In On) … Nakazawa by Chef Daisuke Nakazawa will open this summer in the Trump International Hotel, care of New York-based Bedford Street Hospitality.

New restaurant signs spotted in Rehoboth: The Blue Hen (in The Avenue Inn), The Vineyard, Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls.

Linda Roth is president of Linda Roth Associates, a public relations and marketing firm that specializes in the hospitality industry. Reach her at


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