Posts Tagged ‘Jeff Tunks’

Burger Tap & Shake’s Second Outpost Opens in Tenleytown

The new BTS will feature the same burgers and boozy shakes as its sister location.

Big Plates Are the New Small Plates

The phrase “family style” is becoming ubiquitous dining lingo as more places institute weekly feasts or devote entire sections of their menus to platters designed for two to six people.

Don’t Feel Like Cooking Thursday? Get Thanksgiving to Go

The joys of take-out turkey

Ceiba to Close This Month After 11 Years

"The time has come," says co-owner Gus DiMillo.

How Restaurant Week Really Works

All this week, Mintwood Place chef Cedric Maupillier will show up an hour earlier to work and leave an hour later. He’s also reinforced the troops: an additional cook, server, food runner, and busser. This is not a week for kitchen rookies. This is the week to bring in the people who’ve already proven themselves. […]

Penn Commons Opens Today in Chinatown

Townhouse Kitchen + Bar was just about ready to open in Chinatown when the group behind the chain closed all its locations last year. "They were like four weeks from being open," says restaurateur and chef Jeff Tunks. "I guess they ran out of money... The landlord ended up locking them out." That's when Tunks and his […]

Open Season: Restaurateurs Go Big Quickly in Expanding Their Businesses

It’s opening day at the Greek-inspired 14th Street NWrestaurant Kapnos, and chef/owner Mike Isabella admits he’s already going gray. For the first time, I notice white hairs salt the 38-year-old’s gelled-up ’do and scruffy beard. “It’s adrenaline and it’s stress,” Isabella says of opening new restaurants. “You work every day, open to close. And it’s […]

Miles Vaden In as Executive Chef at DC Coast

Chef Miles Vaden, an alum of Eventide, Fiola, and most recently Nage, has a new gig as executive chef of DC Coast. He replaces Matt Kuhn, who recently went to Ardeo + Bardeo. This is not Vaden's first time with Passion Food Group. He worked a brief stint with the restaurant group, helping out at […]

Underfed: Good Staff Is in Short Supply, and Restaurants Are Getting Desperate

Among local restaurateurs, there’s a sacred code: Don’t walk into another operator’s restaurant and try to steal the staff. But these are desperate times. In recent months, poaching has become more frequent and more aggressive. Passion Food Hospitality co-owner Gus DiMillo says it’s become all too common to see managers of other restaurants come into […]

Fuego Cocina y Tequileria Opens Tonight

The hip-Mex craze continues with the opening of Fuego Cocina y Tequileria today. You can grab a seat at the bar of the Clarendon spot as early as 3 p.m., and the kitchen opens at 5:30 p.m. Fuego is the latest restaurant from Passion Food Group, the people behind DC Coast, Acadiana, District Commons, and […]