Is Spike Mendelsohn Opening a Steak Frites Place?
It seems that opening up new locations of Good Stuff Eatery in Georgetown and Crystal City (among other places) isn't all that Top Chef alum Spike Mendelsohn is up to these days. Y&H just obtained a copy of a letter from Mendelsohn's sister and spokesperson, Micheline Mendelsohn, to First Lady Michelle Obama, a sometime Good Stuff patron, which dishes that another restaurant is in the works right next door to Good Stuff and Mendelsohn's other Capitol Hill joint, We, The Pizza. This one's apparently a steak frites place.
According to the letter:
"...because we're not busy enough, Spike and I are taking over a space next door to We, The Pizza and opening a steak-frites concept. This summer you'll be able to enjoy some authentic french food on Capitol Hill as Spike's professional training was at Les Crayeres, a Relais & Châteaux in France and he spent many years at Thomas Keller's Bouchon restaurant in Napa Valley."
Contacted for comment, Micheline Mendelsohn says the deal is not done yet; that is, no lease is signed. (She also explained that the letter was emailed by mistake.) Speaking to Y&H recently on another matter, Spike Mendelsohn hinted at another concept he was working on but he declined to get into specifics. Guess the proverbial cat's out of the bag! Or cow, in this case.
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