Guess Chef Art Smith isn't a big fan of the decor over at his Capitol Hill restaurant, Art & Soul. The chef tells Tom Sietsema that the style of the restaurant isn't his taste. And so, after inauguration wraps up (Art & Soul is usually a popular destination for political types), the dining room is getting a makeover.
When the place reopens in mid-February, its carpet will have been replaced by herringbone wood floors, the outdoors will be suggested in garden colors and hand-painted farm signs and a sculpture of different types of beans will draw eyes to one wall.
Wes Morton will continue to helm the kitchen, SIetsema says in his weekly chat. Meanwhile, Smith plans to hold a chef's ball on the night before inauguration, and is also shopping around for a location for a ham & bourbon bar, in such places as Adams Morgan and Georgetown.