Posts Tagged ‘Ward 7’

Steak Holder

For returning patrons, experiencing the “reinvigorated” Ray’s the Steaks at East River can be a sort of guessing game. Scoping the restaurant’s interior for the first time since the pioneering Ward 7 steakhouse reopened in late January after an abrupt two-month hiatus, a dining companion of mine bluntly asked the server, “What’s changed?” Indeed, the […]

Michael Landrum Reopens Ray’s the Steaks at East River

Michael Landrum's pioneering Ward 7 restaurant Ray's the Steaks at East River (ranked No. 39 on City Paper's list of D.C.'s 44 Most Powerful Restaurants for demonstrating that a nice sit-down restaurant could survive in that under-served part of town) reopened over the weekend after a few months of retooling. "Our goal is to provide […]

Ray’s the Steaks at East River ‘On Track’ For January Reopening

The sudden closure of Ray's the Steaks at East River last month prompted some speculation about the future of the pioneering Ward 7 steakhouse (ranked No. 39 on City Paper's list of D.C.'s 44 Most Powerful Restaurants for demonstrating that a nice sit-down restaurant could survive in that under-served part of town). "Please bear with […]

Renovation or Expiration? Ray’s the Steaks at East River Suddenly Shutters

Ray's the Steaks at East River (ranked No. 39 on City Paper's list of D.C.'s 44 Most Powerful Restaurants) had raised hopes that a nice sit-down restaurant could actually survive in the culinary dead zone known as Ward 7. Is this trailblazing effort now in jeopardy? Pirate-flag-waving restaurateur Michael Landrum's no-frills steakhouse on Dix Street […]

Young & Hungry Dining Guide by the Day: Ray’s the Steaks at East River

Before it became base camp for an army of celebrity chefs, the District’s restaurant scene was ruled by steakhouses—big, gaudy ones where the size of your porterhouse determined your status. These were steakhouses for politicos, lobbyists, fundraisers, and influence peddlers, folks eating large on someone else’s nickel. With stints at Morton’s and the Capital Grille, […]

Yvette Alexander Takes Exception to the Washingtonian‘s Review of Ray’s the Steaks at East River

In 2008, a year in which she was fighting for her Ward 7 seat, D.C. Council member Yvette Alexander took a heaping amount of credit for bringing Ray's the Steaks at East River to her district, even though it's not exactly clear what she did directly to help a restaurateur who may be losing money […]

Ray’s the Steaks at East River Opening: ‘Gratifying’ and ‘Challenging’

Those were two of the key words that owner Michael Landrum used as he tried to sum up the first few days of service at Ray's the Steaks at East River, which officially opened on Tuesday for lunch and dinner. "This is my most difficult and challenging restaurant opening and my least smooth restaurant opening," […]

The Heavy Burden of Ray’s the Steaks at East River

The media hype on Ray's the Steaks at East River started more than a year and a half ago with this piece in WaPo, back when Michael Landrum's meat emporium was called Ray's the Heat. Yours truly fanned the flames a few times about Ray's the Heat/Ray's the Steaks at East River following that original […]

Ray’s the Steaks at East River to Open Next Week, Not Tomorrow

Yes, there will be a ribbon cutting tomorrow afternoon with Mayor Adrian M. Fenty to officially welcome Ray's the Steaks at East River into Ward 7. But, no, the ceremony will not signal the highly anticipated opening of Michael Landrum's steak emporium. The opening won't come until next week, Landrum tells Y&H this evening. The […]

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