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RIS Leads Linda Roth Conte’s ‘Latest Dish’ in November’s FSM

The November Foodservice Monthly goes to press on Tuesday … here you have the first look at Linda Roth Conte's insider look at the DC restaurant scene. The 14th Street corridor's opening of Birch & Barley and Masa 14 have dominated the local press this week … but the West End Dining District is getting ready to make its statement when Ris Lacoste opens RIS in the coming month.

RIS 01 1009 The Latest Dish

by Linda Roth Conte

With a menu created by the
amazing Ris Lacoste
, RIS, the heart of the West End, will open this month. Ed
Kwitowski
, formerly of Bistro
Bis
, has been named the chef de
cuisine at RIS
. Ris and Mitchell
Herman
, co-owners of RIS, named Noel Burke as general manager. He hails from Elements in the
Napa Valley. The all-day café will open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sunday
suppers will follow in due time, as will weekend brunch. (foto: Noel Burke, Scott Atkinson, Ed Kwitowski, Ris Lacoste, Mitchell Herman)

Chef Update:  Stavros
Aktipis
of Kellari Taverna, has hired Tony Acinapura as chef of the new Greek restaurant on K Street
(formerly Restaurant K). Tony was previously at Potenza
(Italian). Tom Wellings is the new pastry chef at Equinox. Previously, he was at Restaurant Eve, (the late) Maestro and Fiamma in NYC. Glenn
Babcock
has been named chef de
cuisine and co-owner at Nage Restaurant
on Rhode Island Avenue in downtown DC. He previously worked at The
Oval Room
as sous chef. He joins
co-owners Josh Grapinski
and Kevin
Reading
. Dallas Kee has been named the new pastry chef at The
Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City
. She
will be working with Amy Brandwein,

the
chef at the property’s fyve
Restaurant & Lounge
, as well as
with the executive chef, Yann Chupin
Jason Brauer is
the new director of food and beverage at the Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City. He
has worked in food and beverage for Ritz-Carlton properties all over the world
– from San Francisco and Miami to Shanghai, China and Osaka, Japan.

Locals who are now elsewhere:  Joshua
Whigham
has replaced the departed Michael
Voltaggio
at The Bazaar by Jose
Andres as the chef du cuisine. He was sous chef at Cafe Atlantico
and Zaytinya. Jorge Chicas is now the executive chef of the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills that is home to The Bazaar.  Fabio Trabocchi, formerly of Maestro at the Ritz-Carlton, Tysons
Corner
and Fiamma in NYC, is new
executive chef at the Four Seasons restaurant in NYC. He succeeds Christian
Albin, the chef for 19 years, who died in June.

Twisted Vines Bottleshop & Bistro, slated to open this month in the Columbia Pike
neighborhood, will offer great wines paired with good, simple, local food. The
owners, Sybil and Josh Robinson
,
are Columbia Pike residents, and are food and wine aficionados who want to
share that passion with folks in their ‘hood.’  They will offer at least 20 wines by the glass and over 100
bottles from small producers around the world. Food-wise, they will offer small
plate entrees and dessert that pair nicely with the wines they offer.

Atlanta-based Zoe’s Kitchen is slated to open in Woodbridge’s Potomac Town
Center. The Mediterranean-inspired fast casual restaurant chain has nearly 30
company-owned locations in the south and southeast, but the Woodbridge
restaurant will be the first to open in Virginia.

Congratulations to DC
pastry chef extraordinaire, David Guas
, on accolades from Food & Wine magazine, which proclaimed the New Orleans native’s
first cookbook, DamGoodSweet: Desserts to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth,
New Orleans Style, one of their “favorite new
dessert cookbooks,” and one of “fall’s top baking books.” The cookbook will no
doubt be followed by his Bayou Bakery
, once the location is confirmed.

Look for a possible new
Clarendon restaurant from the folks who brought you Liberty Tavern
. Awaiting a confirmation about Lyon Hall restaurant, also possibly offering live
entertainment.

Devlin Keating and Kris Hart, alumni of George Washington University have taken over the old nearby
Foggy Bottom Grocery (FoBo Gro) store and pumped it up a notch. Together with
partner and frat brother, Daniel Blake
, they have renamed it FoBroGro and plan to offer take-away prepared food for lunch and times where
students may be hungry, as well as convenience items.

Minneapolis-based Buffalo
Wild Wings
plans to open in
Rockville, part of its franchise operator’s domain. Wings Across America
, the Maryland franchisee, has already opened seven
stores in its region.

Corrections: Scott Conant will not be opening Scarpetta in the old Olives space at 16th and K Streets, NW. Several restaurateurs
are looking at it now. Terrell Danley
worked briefly as a consultant at Kemble Park Tavern; he is not a chef/partner.

About the Author

Michael Birchenall is Editor and Publisher of Foodservice Monthly, a regional trade publication covering the foodservice industry of the Mid-Atlantic (DE, DC, MD, VA). Foodservice Monthly has been recognized as the Restaurant Association of Maryland's Allied Industry Member of the Year and by the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington as the Joan Hisaoka Associate Member of the Year.

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