Chef & GM Update: Michelle Gueydan is the new GM at 1310 Kitchen & Bar by Jenn Crovato. She was previously GM and sommelier at Bywater American Bistro in New Orleans. Before she took off for New Orleans, Gueydan was sommelier at The Inn at Little Washington … Jay Caputo is the new head chef at Ivy City Smokehouse and Tavern. He was previously chef-owner at Espuma in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Next door at City Winery DC, Brandon Ingentio was named executive chef. Earlier, he was at Potomac Point Winery, overseeing Le Grand Cru Bistro and all banquets, weddings and receptions.
The good news is that Andy Shallal will keep Busboys and Poets in Mount Vernon Triangle. He was one of the pioneers in that part of D.C. It will move into the space where L’Hommage Bistro Français used to be — across the street from the original location at City Vista. The new site is expected to open in September. The bonus? The ability to create a glass-enclosed private dining space (which could also accommodate overflow) in the lower-level dining room. Shallal, who currently has six restaurants in his empire, plans to open another Busboys and Poets in Anacostia by the end of the fourth quarter.
Union Kitchen Grocery will open its third D.C. location in Shaw, in the space formerly occupied by Glen’s Garden Market at 1924 Eighth St. NW. It’s already got the bones for its grocery, fast-casual café and beer bar. It should open by the end of the third quarter. An additional location is planned in Franklin Square.
Fox Restaurant Concepts will open two of its concepts, North Italia and Flower Child, at 2112 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, an 11-story mixed-use project that includes a big law firm tenant. North Italia, an upscale modern Italian restaurant, has locations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Kansas City, Las Vegas and Texas. Flower Child, which features a menu of organic, gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan items, has locations in Arizona, California, Las Vegas and Texas. A late fourth-quarter or early first-quarter (of 2019) opening is planned.
Quick Hits: Bluestone Lane has signed a lease to open in a new project in Capitol Riverfront, joining Circa and Open Road … Connecticut-based Maggie McFly’s will open its second restaurant in Northern Virginia, in the Springfield Center space formerly occupied by Wood Ranch BBQ.
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