Latest Dish: José Andrés Bringing Bazaar to Old Post Office
By June 15, 2022 0 465•
José Andrés announced he is bringing his Bazaar restaurant to the Old Post Office, a dream nearly 30 years in the making. He was supposed to have a restaurant in the building which now houses the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. At the time, the building was the Trump International Hotel, which opened in 2016. Andres ended up pulling back the deal because of offensive comments Trump made regarding immigrants. The restaurant is already in Miami, Chicago and Las Vegas, and locations in New York and Los Angeles are expected later this year.
Peter Prime Pivots to Please Palettes
Chef Update: Peter Prime, formerly of Cane, brings his Trinidad and Tobago food and passion to Bammy’s at Navy Yard, joining Chris Morgan and Gerald Addison, formerly of Maydan, at Navy Yard. It seats 70 inside and 50 on the patio…. Shinwoo Kang is new executive chef at BLT Steak DC. Formerly, he was executive chef of BLT Prime by David Burke.
Ch-Ch-Changes: Iconic Ethiopian restaurant Zenebach, at 2420 18th Street NW, in Adams Morgan, is now Elfegne, an Ethiopian restaurant, complete with new owners.
Quick Hits: Tatte Bakery & Cafe is expanding its footprint in the region as it plans to open in D.C.’s 14th Street Corridor at 1400 W Street NW, where Martha’s Table used to be… Eugenia Hobson plans to open a second location of Our Mom Eugenia, offering Greek cuisine, at The Village at Shirlington in Arlington, in Q4 2022…. Damian Brown plans to open Uncaged Mimosas where ANXO Cidery and Pintxos Bar used to be at 711 Kennedy Street NW in Truxton Circle in Q3 2022…. Rose Previte and Mike Shuster are slated to open Tawle in Fairfax’s Mosaic District where Jinya Ramen Bar used to be. A Q4 2022 opening is targeted… The Dabney’s Jeremiah Langhorne and Alex Zink plan to open Petit Cerise in Shaw at 1027 7th Street NW in Q3 2022…. AP Pizza Shop from Mike Friedman, Mike O’Malley, Colin McDonough and Gareth Croke (All Purpose Pizzeria, Red Hen, Boundary Stone) is targeted to open at 4747 Bethesda Ave in Bethesda in Q3 2022.
Just Opened: Rania has opened where another Indian restaurant, Punjab Grill, used to be at 427 11th Street NW, under the same management. There’s a new executive chef, Chetan Shetty …. P.F. Chang’s To Go in Dupont Circle opened at 1120 20th Street NW offering online ordering, takeout, and delivery – and seating for 12…. Nick Stefanelli has launched a Greek wine bar, Kaimaki, offering Greek street food, next to his Greek fine dining restaurant, Philotimo, at Midtown Center, 1100 15th Street, NW. This intimate, more casual spot has 12 bar seats and 25 seats at his high-top tables…. Casey Patton (Grazie Grazie), with Gerald Addison and Chris Morgan (Bammy’s) have hatched Little Chicken, located in an alleyway between L and M Streets at Midtown Center NW. Think fried chicken, fried or griddled sandwiches and pies — with frozen custard.
Nick Stefanelli will also open several foodservice operations at The Morrow, Washington, D.C., a new Hilton hotel, opening in Q3 2022 in NoMa at 222 M Street NE: Le Clou, a French brasserie; Vesper, an intimate cocktail lounge; and Upstairs at The Morrow, a rooftop lounge and bar with a panoramic view of the city.
Richie Brandenburg, of Union Market fame, and Rubén García, formerly of ThinkFoodGroup, will launch The Square, featuring a 16-stall collaborative marketplace, specialty grocery store, Spanish restaurant, butchery and bakery, at International Square, 1875 I Street NW, with expansive indoor and outdoor seating for 500.
Linda Roth is Founder & CEO of Linda Roth Associates (LRA), a DC-based public relations & marketing firm that specializes in the foodservice and hospitality industries. Follow her at: @LindaRothPR #LindaRothPR or www.lindarothpr.com.