That long-rumored steak-frites restaurant that Spike Mendelsohn has been brewing up for Capitol Hill is finally about to become a reality. The Washington Business Journal reports that Mendelsohn has signed a lease on the Thai Roma space for a restaurant named Bearnaise slated to open in October.
Mendelsohn's rep Jordyn Lazar confirms to Eater that they signed the lease on Friday and this is indeed going to be the steak-frites concept whose existence surfaced earlier this year. She explains that Bearnaise will serve lunch and dinner and it'll be another sit-down option for the Hill:
"Spike's really excited about it. He cooked in France when he was in culinary school for awhile. He spent a year there. So he has a lot of things that he loves to cook and that he loves to eat that he's going to try to incorporate into the menu. But he really wants to stay true to giving Capitol Hill another option for a place for lunch, but that isn't anything like the fast-casual concepts he already has."
Everything is still "a big work in progress" —there's no menu or even a timeline for construction yet — but worth noting is that Bearnaise shares a block with Mendelsohn's Good Stuff Eatery and We, the Pizza.