In Washington, D.C., Head Chef Ben Gilligan is saying farewell to Room 11. The “Latin speakeasy” Boveda and a second Caucus Room opened in the Westin Hotel with menus from Chef Brian Wolken, and Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club will open in the coming months with a menu from New Orleans native Moses Jackson. Poboy Jim, the Cuban-accented Little Ricky’s, the “oyster and tapas” concept Catch 15, Benny’s Bar and Grill, a new location of Aroma Espresso Bar, and a third location of Pho 14 will all open in the coming months. Yola is closing at the end of the month.
In Philadelphia, David Chang’s former collaborator Peter Serpico is now working with Stephen Starr on a new concept that will open this winter. The osteria and wine bar Catelli Duo debuted. Marc Vetri will open a location of Osteria at the Moorestown Mall. The Red Owl Tavern plans to open at the beginning of October with a menu from Guillermo Tellez (Square 1682). Rocco’s Sausage will open a new location shortly. Reserve, Carman’s Country Kitchen and Tapestry all closed.
Photo of Guillermo Tellez, Red Owl Tavern.