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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
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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.