Posts Tagged ‘Eli Hengst’

Navy Yard Oyster Company Future Looks Doubtful (Updated)

"We have a signed lease in place with Navy Yard Oyster Co. but are currently in discussions with the tenant, at their request, as to whether they intend to continue," says Gary McManus, a spokesperson for landlord Forest City.

Stanton & Greene Opens Today in Capitol Hill

"We wanted this to be to cocktails what Sonoma is to wine."

Sonoma Guys Fork Over Blue Ridge Space To Glover Park Neighbor Town Hall

Eli Hengst, co-owner of Capitol Hill's pioneering wine bar Sonoma, informs Young & Hungry that he and partner Jared Rager have reached an agreement with Five Glovers Group, owners of Town Hall, to take over their lease and liquor license at the former Blue Ridge restaurant in Glover Park. "Jared and I believe Five Glovers—given […]

Still Pondering Its Future, Blue Ridge Launches Its Own Oktoberfest

As you might remember, the guys over at Blue Ridge pulled the plug on their previous chef-driven concept and quietly launched a craft beer program at their Glover Park operation. As part of the new-look Blue Ridge, owners Eli Hengst and Jared Rager are now debuting their own Oktoberfest. You can think of it as […]

Eli Hengst Responds to the Haters about Blue Ridge’s Evolution

A few weeks back, I wrote about Blue Ridge's switch from a wine-oriented, celebrity chef-driven restaurant to a casual, beer-focused concept with no named toque in the kitchen. The owners carefully explained that they had misread Glover Park and its needs, that they tried to give the 'hood something it didn't want. Some readers bristled […]

Blue Ridge Owners: Poor Economy Has Helped to Expand the Beer-Focused Restaurant Market

Over the course of my long interview with Eli Hengst and Jared Rager in Blue Ridge's beer garden, we covered a lot of topics related to the owners' new approach to their Glover Park restaurant. One of them was the reason why Washingtonians are ditching wine for beer. "Part of it is a function of […]

Do Blue Ridge’s Owners Feel Disappointed That Their Original Concept Didn’t Work?

This week's Young & Hungry column reports on the major changes already taking place at Blue Ridge in Glover Park — and those yet to come. When I sat down with owners Eli Hengst and Jared Rager, the guys behind the wine-centric Sonoma on Capitol Hill and Mendocino in Georgetown,  I asked them if they […]

Sonoma Hires Trabocchi Acolyte to Replace Drew Trautman

Less than a month after chef Drew Trautman left Sonoma Restaurant & Wine Bar to reunite with Troy Bock at Mendocino Grille & Wine Bar, co-owner Eli Hengst has installed Nicholas Sharpe as chef de cuisine at the Capitol Hill operation. Sharpe is something of an acolyte of Fabio Trabocchi; he worked under the celebrated […]