The LATEST DISH by Linda Roth Conte (JAN 2013)

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Make Mine Fried
Chicken … No, That Will be Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken

Among America’s tasty combo delicacies – such as peanut
butter & jelly or fried chicken & waffles – comes doughnuts and fried
chicken, from former Fiola pastry
chef Jason Gehring. A January
opening is planned for Astro Doughnuts
& Fried Chicken
in downtown DC at 1308 G Street, NW.

Baltimore-based Attman’s
has plans to open in Potomac, Md. Owner Marc Attman predicts an April opening date for the deli in the
Cabin John Shopping Center on Seven Locks Road. DC has always been a strong
market for Attman’s, as 80 percent of the deli’s catering business comes from
DC. As a Baltimore girl, I look forward to the opening of Attman’s closer to my
DC home.

When will chef Christopher
open in DC? He built his reputation in New York City as exec chef for
Charlie Palmer’s Aureole, and in Philadelphia as executive chef at the late
Striped Bass. He is now chef/owner of Huntington Social and Iki Sake in NYC. He
will also open Chef Christopher Lee at 1623
and Sophia’s in Philadelphia, before taking aim at DC.

Rose’s Luxury is
slated to open in second quarter 2013 in DC’s Barracks Row.
Chef/owner is Aaron Silverman, who
previously worked at McCrady’s in Charleston, and Aldea and Momofuku Noodle Bar
in NYC. It will be a fixed price menu ($46) offering something cold, something
warm, pasta, veggies & stuff, meat and a separate dessert menu. The
upstairs dining space will be higher (literally) at $90 per person. No rules on
how many courses to order. 

Ivan Iricanin,
who hails from Serbia, announced the anticipated January opening of a new
Balkan restaurant, Ambar, in the popular
Barracks Row neighborhood at 523 8th Street, SE in Capitol Hill. Ambar
will span two floors in 3,000 square feet and have a 700 square-foot outdoor
patio on the second floor. Richard
is a partner with Iricanin (as he is with Masa 14 and El Centro
D.F. on 14th St, NW) and is helping to develop the Balkan
Mediterranean-inspired menu. Ambar is a Serbian name for a Balkan building for
drying maize (corn). Iricanin’s
hometown of Trstenik, Serbia, is known as the Land of Wine Goddesses, so will
offer imported Balkan wines and beer, as well as several types of Rakija, a
fermented fruit brandy that is a mainstay in Serbia. 

Former Shaw’s Tavern general manager Reza Akhavan
has plans to open an upscale casual restaurant focused on local, seasonal
ingredients at 917 5th Street NW this March. It may or may not be called Success. No chef yet, but the food will
have European and Mediterranean influences. There will also be 12 taps for beer
plus wine and cocktails. The 85-seat spot (including bar seating) will have an
industrial interior design. Further down the line, Akhavan hopes to open a roof

Chef Update: Takeshi Nishikawa will be the new chef
at New Heights in Woodley Park.
Previously he worked at Bryan
Volt in Frederick as
well as Restaurant Eve in Old Town,
Alexandria. He replaces Ron Tanaka,
who will be opening his own place with Sherman
of Maple, called Thally. It will be located at 1316
Ninth St, NW. A spring opening is planned.

Quick Hits: RJ
Cooper’s new Fairfax restaurant on a well-positioned corner in the Mosaic
District will be called Gypsy Soul … Neighborhood Restaurant Group’s Red Apron will also open in the Mosaic
District, not far from RJ’s restaurant. It is slated to open in early first
quarter 2013. A Penn Quarter location will also open, at the end of Q1 2013 … Northern
Italy-based La Tagliatella plans to
open in Clarendon where Restaurant 3 used to be … Chef Tom Power of Corduroy plans
to open Baby Wale (name change alert!) on Ninth Street, NW near the Washington
Convention Center … Darren Norris of
Kushi will be a part of the opening
of Black Whiskey in Logan Circle
area featuring the best of both food & art worlds – small batch American
whiskeys upstairs and art exhibits and pop-up dinners downstairs … A spring
opening is planned for Stephen Starr’s
Le Diplomate in Logan Circle
neighborhood. It will be similar to his Parc
on Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square … The Red Hen, is slated to open in Bloomingdale neighborhood, care
of Sebastian Zutant, former
sommelier at Proof and his wife,
interior designer Lauren Winter.
Think intimate and Italian-influenced.

Teasers: Will Kinkead’s open at the Watergate where Rivers
used to be? What will open in the legendary Alpine Restaurant in Arlington? Who
else is moving to/expanding into Georgetown?

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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