After telling Washington City Paper's Chris Shott that "I feel free to visit new establishments as soon as their doors open to paying guests, although I’m not big on going the first night, when the paint is still drying," Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema snagged a reservation for Rogue 24's second night of service.
Because the kitchen rests in the middle of the dining room, there's no hiding from chef and owner R.J. Cooper. After spying the critic, Cooper blurted out the catch on his personal Facebook page: "Mr. TS from Wash post just left the house. Suprised us on our second night."
With plenty of industry folks on his friend list, Cooper found support in Sietsema's early trip. Jennifer Covell Voltaggio, wife of Volt's chef/owner Bryan Voltaggio, chimed in that Sietsema "did that at volt too."
It looks we have a pattern here, Tom. New restaurants beware.
Bonus: But that's not the only gem on Cooper's Facebook. He also railed against anonymous haters: "Why oh why do people judge cooks and restaurants but dont have the balls to use their real names, but hide behind aliases?" Looks like Eater will have to get his wall on our RSS feed.
· ‘First Bite’ on the Second Night: R.J. Cooper’s Rogue 24 Gets an Early Visit from Critic Tom Sietsema [WCP]
· Rogue 24 [Official Site]
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