Author Archive for Marissa Bialecki

Matters of Taste: To the Picky Restaurateur, Music Can Be as Important as the Menu

Erik Bruner-Yang has earned plenty of praise for his Taiwanese-style ramen since opening Toki Underground in 2011, but if you linger long enough at the bar of his hip noodle shop on H Street NE, you begin to notice how the chef relies on much more than broth to blur the senses. Foreign songs in […]

Brothers Behind Fast Gourmet’s Chivito Sandwich Open Late Night Spot

You may already know brothers Manuel and Juan Olivera for their chivito and Cuban sandwiches at gas station eatery Fast Gourmet. But in their latest venture, TakEatEasy, an almost around-the-clock bistro and tapas bar near Dupont Circle, the brothers want to show D.C. that they’ve got more up their sleeves than just sandwiches. The brothers, who […]

Adour Wine Director Heads to Neighborhood Restaurant Group

The restaurant group you've come to know for its robust beer offerings is now turning its attention to wine. Neighborhood Restaurant Group, whose establishments include Birch & Barley/ChurchKey, Vermillion, Tallula, and others, is bringing Brent Kroll on as its new wine director. Kroll, 27, was most recently the wine director at Adour at The St. Regis Hotel. Before […]