Posts Tagged ‘Black Restaurant Group’

Satellite Fish: A New Seafood Traceability Program Comes Straight out of Portlandia

“Here is the chicken you’ll be enjoying tonight. His name was Colin. Here are his papers,” a server tells Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein in the Portlandia skit. Their characters want to know exactly where their meal is coming from: Is it local? Is it organic? USDA organic, Oregon organic, or Portland organic? (Never mind […]

Shell Raiser

Air Force colonel-turned-oyster farmer Bruce Wood pilots his boat from his dock toward a tiny island in the middle of Nomini Creek in Virginia’s Northern Neck. “Now, here’s a dichotomy,” says Wood, wearing a bright pink shirt and khaki shorts, as the wind blows back his hair on a recent Saturday. “I was in charge […]

Jeff Black’s Signature Oysters Almost Here

Black Restaurant Group's signature oysters—Old Black Salts and Black Pearls—will make their debut next month. Restaurateurs Jeff and and Barbara Black are partnering with Rappahannock River Oyster Company of Chincoteauge, Va,. and Toby Island Oysters of Topping, Va., to specially cultivate the oysters. Diners can get the first slurp at a one-year anniversary party for Pearl […]

Bar Food Bites: BlackSalt’s Happy Hour

Washington restaurateur Jeff Black has been in the news a bit lately, but the attention hasn’t entirely focused on his food. For this week's Bar Food Bites, I posted up at Black’s casual seafoodery, BlackSalt, to see if the popular boutique oyster happy hour is still high-grade. Folks like me—the kind with advanced culinary impulsivity—are […]

Black Is the New Black

One of the first things Jeff Black inspects is the bathroom. We’re touring a potential restaurant location in Northwest D.C., and the restaurateur wants to see if it meets handicap-accessibility standards. Some owners overlook such things, but given the growing size of his business, Black doesn’t want any liabilities. As we head back to the […]

Black Restaurant Group Is Looking to Open Another Place in D.C.

Now that Jeff Black and the rest of the Black Restaurant Group have stabilized the kitchen at their Bethesda property, the team can focus on their latest plan — to expand the dining empire that already includes BlackSalt, Addie's, Black Market Bistro, and Black's Bar & Kitchen. Actually, Black thought he had a deal to […]

Lawson Out, Robinson In As Executive Chef at Black’s

Arra Lawson performed so well at Addie's in Rockville that, earlier this year, the toque was given the executive chef position at Black's Bar & Kitchen, the Black Restaurant Group's Bethesda property. But Lawson couldn't summon the magic touch a second time; he apparently ran into conflicts in the new kitchen and was ousted by […]

Black Restaurant Group Pulls the Old Chef Switcheroo

Y&H is late in reporting this — but, hell, so is everyone since Jeff Black doesn't typically employ an army of PR agents to spoon feed us food writers with tips and breaking news  — but the Black Restaurant Group has filled the executive chef position at its flagship operation, Black's Bar & Kitchen, following […]

More on Todd Wiss’ Departure at Black’s Bar and Kitchen

Todd Wiss, the former executive chef at Black's Bar and Kitchen, disputes owner Jeff Black's explanation as to why he was let go earlier this month at the Bethesda restaurant. The dismissed toque says he was called into a meeting on Dec. 2 and told that Black's could "no longer pay my salary" because of […]

Todd Wiss Out as Executive Chef at Black’s Bar and Kitchen

Jeff Black, co-owner of the Black Restaurant Group, confirmed today that Todd Wiss was removed as executive chef at Black's Bar and Kitchen in Bethesda at least two weeks ago. The chef's stay was short. Wiss, the former sous at Poste Moderne Brasserie, was installed as executive chef at Black's in June. "We just had […]

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