Posts Tagged ‘Michael Babin’

Tallula and EatBar to Close This Month

But chef Rob Rubba will head a new restaurant from Neighborhood Restaurant Group.

What’s in a Name? For Restaurants, Everything.

It could have been called Scotch and Sofa. Or worse: Couch. Those were some of the names that The Fainting Goat owners Greg Algie and Henry Bruce spitballed for their U Street NW restaurant before it opened last winter. The building, after all, once belonged to a home furnishings shop. “In his head, he was just […]

Parts & Labor Changing Its Name to The Partisan

The Neighborhood Restaurant Group restaurant that will be attached to Penn Quarter's upcoming Red Apron Butcher will no longer be called Parts & Labor. It turns out that chef Spike Gjerde of Woodberry Kitchen in Baltimore will open his own butcher shop and restaurant with that name, The Baltimore Sun reports today. There's actually a funny coincidence behind the […]

Brew Hub: New Brewery Bluejacket Is a Laboratory for Food-Centric Beers

The folks behind Bluejacket want to make one thing clear: It’s not a brewpub. Beer Director Greg Engert and Head Brewer Megan Parisi are adamant about distinguishing the soon-to-open brewery from the adjoining restaurant, both housed in a high-ceilinged factory in Navy Yard once used to make boilers for ships. Brewpubs, Engert says, have long […]

The Big Dipper

Neighborhood Restaurant Group owner Michael Babin asked Birch & Barley chef Kyle Bailey to make one to three dipping sauces for their new fried chicken and doughnut spot GBD (Golden Brown Delicious). Instead, Bailey came back with 15. “I brought it out on a tray—boom—slammed it down, and I was like, ‘Welcome to saucetown,’” he […]

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 […]

How to Eat 2,000 Food Products in a Week

Food writer and former Food Network Star contestant Mary Beth Albright knows what it's like to eat 84 cookies, 105 snack foods, and 79 cheese and dairy products in a single sitting. "I'd say it's like a marathon, but I've run a marathon, and this is infintiely harder," Albright says. Albright and Neighborhood Restaurant Group owner […]

Last Night’s Leftovers: Not-So-Bad Baguette Edition

Really, it's OK to slurp your noodles at Toki Underground [NBC Washington] The new management at beleaguered Shaw's Tavern is feeling optimistic about its chances. Maybe someday soon, the place will actually be allowed to serve drinks. [Eater DC] The couple behind Le Caprice DC in Columbia Heights aims to “make people stop saying you […]

NRG Opens a Second Rustico in Ballston Today

In terms of sheer beer volume, the new Rustico in Ballston will eclipse its parent operation in Alexandria. The Arlington spot, which officially opens for lunch today, will have 400 beers available by bottle, 40 by draft, and three on cask. By comparison, the original Rustico on Slaters Lane practically feels like Hank Dietle's Tavern. […]

Buzz Bakery in Ballston Will Open in…Who Knows?

This may be the most painfully cute sugar cookie ever. I say "painfully" because the beehive-shaped treat is available at, ahem, Buzz Bakery in Alexandria, where pastry chef Josh Short created it several years ago for a  fundraiser. Now it's permanently on the menu at Buzz. I have to admit, over the years, I have […]

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