MatchboxFoodGroup is on a roll – or a tidal wave, as the case may be as their expansion has gone into high gear. Their classic comfort food concept, Ted’s Bulletin, is kicking off February with an opening in Reston Town Center where Uno’s used to be. MatchboxFoodGroup veteran Jacob Hunter is their opening executive chef. Kelsey Pitta has moved up to pastry chef, handling the new location as well as the Ted’s Bulletin on Capitol Hill and 14th Street.
Chef & Manager Updates: Josh Fatemi has been named bar manager for the new cocktail program at Roofers Union on their first floor in Adams Morgan. Previously he was at Pearl Dive Oyster Palace and Black Jack as well as Bourbon … Canessa Ochotorena has been named pastry chef for Roofers Union as well as its big sister, Ripple. She trained at Ripple under Alison Reed and Marjorie Meek-Bradley … Fabio Trabocchi is starting to fill in key positions for his spring opening of Fiola Mare in Georgetown. Moving over from Blue Duck Tavern’s kitchen is John Melfi. Taking care of the front of the house, Trabocchi looked to a Per Se graduate Paolo Novello to be the General Manager and John Gilbert as Director of Service after a stint at Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak … Giovanni Carlo, former chef of Panache in Tysons Corner, is now the chef at Ovvio in Merrifield, Va. Previously, he had worked under Roberto Donna at Galileo. Bluejacket Brewery has a new beer brewer, Owen Miller, who joins beer director, Greg Engert, as well as Bobby Bump and Josh Chapman on the Bluejacket brewing team. Park Hyatt Executive Chef Sebastien Archambault has named Daniel Singhofen, most recently at the closed Eola to be the new chef de cuisine at Blue Duck Tavern.
Upcoming Openings: A new Cafe Deluxe is slated to open in early May in DC’s West End in the Hilton Garden Inn currently under construction. It will be there fifth store, as there are Cafe Deluxe restaurants in Cleveland Park, DC, Tysons Corner, Bethesda and Gaithersburg … Roofers Union now has a February 10 opening targeted … Bryan Voltaggio is planning to open Lunchbox at the Chevy Chase Pavilion in late summer, bringing yet another of his concepts to the DC market, joining its big sister, Range at that property … Heavy Seas Alehouse in Rosslyn plans to open by end of February … A new restaurant and club called Mpire Club is slated to open near Dupont Circle by the end of Q1 2014.
Helen Wasserman, of Helen’s Catering, plans to take over the Rockville location where Addie’s used to be. She will be joined by her head waiter, Kevin Bullock, to open Crave by Helen, featuring an “East meets West” menu. Helen owned and operated Helen’s in DC’s 18th Street NW in the mid-1980s. She plans on Asian dishes, Latin dishes on-site and for take-out. The caterer envisions nights devoted to Asian cooking, dishes from El Salvador and meals prepared for takeout. The plan is to extend the front of Addie’s, adding a catering kitchen (as her site in DC will close) and a smoker. A spring 2014 opening is planned.
By popular (healthy food) demand, Eamonn’s A Dublin Chipper in Arlington will be morphing into Society Fair, their market, butchery, baker by the end of the month. Todd Thrasher, Cathal Armstrong and their partners plan to expand the concept beyond Old Town, Alexandria and Arlington.
Just Opened: Rí Rá in Georgetown just opened on M Street where Mie N Yu used to be. They’ve got a head start on St Patrick’s Day. Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crabs just opened in downtown DC at 15th & H Streets, NW for all those craving some warm Miami weather(-inspired food). Au Bon Pain opened a new café in Washington, D.C. at 801 17th St. NW (in Lafayette Tower at the corner of 17th and H Streets). It is the 21st Au Bon Pain café to open in Washington, DC metro area. Smashburger just opened in Tysons Corner and in Gainesville, Va.