After a renovation, Rosewood Washington, D.C., 1050 31st St. NW, will reopen in the second quarter of 2019 with a new steak house called Cut by Wolfgang Puck, with executive chef Andrew Skala at the helm. Skala has worked at other locations of Cut and atPuck’s flagship Spago. Puck will also take over the Rye Bar lobby lounge and the hotel’srooftop space.Chef & Manager Update: Pernell Morton was named executive chef at The Delegate restaurant, slated to open by the end of the year at 901 L St. NW. He was previously executive chef at Marriott properties in Maryland, Virginia and Georgia … Drew Hairston was named beverage manager at Dirty Habit in Penn Quarter, overseeing the bar program for its three bar spaces. A native Washingtonian, he was most recently GM and beverage director at Bar Pilar on 14th Street NW … Handry Tjan is head sushi chef at Nama, his new Japanese restaurant, in the space where Conosci used to be, next to Alta Strada in the Mount Vernon Square area. He was formerly at Sushiko and Kōbō in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
Quick Hits: Hakan Ilhan will open a French restaurant, Chanterelle, in the landmark Morton’s space at 3251 Prospect St. NW … Maziar and Shahab Farivar of Georgetown’s Peacock Café plan to open a restaurant in the first quarter of 2019 in Dupont Circle, where Scion used to be at 2100 P St. NW. It will have about 80 seats in the dining room and 30 on the patio.
Karan Singh, owner with Lite Bite Foods of American Tandoor in Tysons Corner Center, has again partnered with the restaurant group to bring his northwest Indian fine-dining restaurant, Punjab Grill, to 1001 Pennsylvania Ave. NW (also the address of Central Michel Richard), its first U.S. location. His Punjabi chef, Jaspratap “Jassi” Bindra, cooked at top Indian resorts and restaurants. Punjab Grill has locations in India, Singapore, Abu Dhabi, Jeddah and Bangkok.
Himitsu chef-owner Kevin Tien and business partner Sam Shoja — in partnership with restaurant veteran Arris Noble — plan to open Emilie’s in Capitol Hill at Penn Eleven, 1101 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, the redevelopment site of the former Frager’s Hardware store. Slated to open in the second quarter of 2019, the restaurant, seating about 100 guests, will offer seasonally inspired and local ingredients for lunch and dinner.
Ch-Ch-Changes: Renovations at Hamilton Hotel at 14th and K Streets NW should be completed by early in the second quarter of 2019. Its 14K Restaurant will become an osteria serving Neapolitan pizza and the bar will have a library look … Renovations are also happening to the restaurant, bar and lobby areas of The Dupont Circle Hotel … But wait,there’s more, as the Pinea restaurant and Root Cellar Whiskey Bar in W Washington DC, by the Treasury Building, are also getting an upgrade … Charlie’s On The Avenue on Mount Vernon Ave. in the Del Ray section of Alexandria, Virginia, has reopened and will expand into the space next door, formerly a garden supply store.
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