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Upcoming Jose Garces Restaurant Picks a Name, Plus New Chef and Offerings at Mockingbird Hill

By Rina Rapuano
May 19, 2014
By Rina Rapuano  |  May 19, 2014
Photo by: Danya Henninger

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- The Washington Post reports that the upcoming Argentine steakhouse in the Loews Madison Hotel from Philadelphia restaurateur Jose Garces will be called Rural Society and is expected to open this summer in the former Federalist space (1177 15th St. NW).

- The Post also reports that Shaw’s ham and sherry bar Mockingbird Hill now has a dedicated chef in Scott Ryan, formerly of Boston's No. 9 Park. This comes hot on the heels of an earlier Post report of the bar opening as a craft coffee shop daily from 8 AM-3 PM (1843 Seventh St. NW).

- Bourbon Steak has announced the chef who will take over from John Critchley. Joe Palma, who formerly served as chef de cuisine at Westend Bistro and most recently headed the kitchen at High Cotton in Charleston, will take the helm of the Four Seasons Hotel restaurant in mid-June. He has also served as sous chef at Eric Ripert’s Michelin-starred Le Bernardin in New York City, as well as the former Le Paradou and Citronelle restaurants locally.

- Oval Room has announced it will temporarily close June 30 for a monthlong renovation that will change “both the menu direction and the design scheme,” according to a release. Leading up to the closure, executive chef Tony Conte will offer a prix fixe dinner of the restaurant’s most popular dishes throughout June: $25 for a two-course lunch and $50 for a three-course dinner, excluding tax and tip. Martin Vahtra of Projects Design Associates of New York, who also designed Nopa Kitchen + Bar and Rasika West End, will orchestrate the 20-year-old restaurant’s dining room overhaul.
- Washington Business Journal reports that the former Buddha Bar space at 455 Massachusetts Ave. NW will be taken over by an outpost of the Texas de Brazil churrascaria chain. The South American steakhouse also has a location in Fairfax. 

Places Mentioned

Mockingbird Hill

Bar • Shaw

Atmo.- Decor- Service- Cost 
No.9 Park

Beacon Hill

Food28 Decor26 Service27 Cost$79
The Oval Room

American • White House/World Bank

Food26 Decor23 Service25 Cost$69
NoPa Kitchen + Bar

American • Penn Quarter/Chinatown

Food19 Decor21 Service20 Cost$45
Rasika West End

Indian • West End

Food28 Decor25 Service25 Cost$52
Texas de Brazil

Brazilian • Schaumburg

Food27 Decor25 Service26 Cost$56
Texas de Brazil

Brazilian • Southeast

Food27 Decor25 Service25 Cost$55
Texas de Brazil

Brazilian • Downtown

Food24 Decor22 Service22 Cost$50
Texas de Brazil

Brazilian • East 60s

Food24 Decor23 Service23 Cost$69
Texas de Brazil

Brazilian • International Drive

Food28 Decor25 Service27 Cost$63

Steakhouse • Georgetown

Food25 Decor24 Service25 Cost$94
High Cotton Charleston Restaurant

Southern American • The French Quarter

Food27 Decor27 Service27 Cost$50
Westend Bistro

American • West End

Food22 Decor20 Service22 Cost$45
Le Bernardin

Seafood • West 50s

Food29 Decor28 Service29 Cost$162
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