News broke at the end of August that Rogue 24 chef RJ Cooper had a restaurant in the works for Merrifield's Mosaic District development. Details have been scarce, but now the chef has revealed a bit more about the restaurant, including its name: Gypsy Soul, slated to open in 2013. In an interview on the manly website Made Man, where the chef is starring in a web series Chefs of Anarchy, Cooper acknowledges Gypsy Soul as his next project, explaining:
It's going to be an interactive take on farm-to-table, with a lot of visuals, feelings and smells. None of that tired "hipster farmhouse" shit. It's going to be fucking awesome.
And this past weekend, Cooper started a Don Rockwell thread with a series of bullet points about the new restaurant. It turns out that Rogue 24's Bryan Tetorakis will lend his considerable mixology talents to the new restaurant, plus there will be a rooftop bar with three wood-burning grills. Cooper further explains that the menu he has in mind is "not cheap but not expensive either" and is reminiscent of his Vidalia days but "with less boundaries." He also shares that he picked the Merrifield project because it's a mere 10-minute Harley ride from his house.
· R.J. Cooper Cooks Up Some Anarchy [Made Man]
· Gypsy Soul, an RJ Cooper Concept Coming to Merrifield's Mosaic District in 2013 [Don Rockwell]
· All Previous RJ Cooper Coverage [-EDC-]