Reality TV star and restaurateur Gordon Ramsay is expected to open his second high-end steak house in the nation in neighboring Baltimore before the end of 2017. Gordon Ramsay Steak, which currently showcases the cooking show host’s take on dry-aged beef and British staples (beef Wellington, sticky toffee pudding) in Las Vegas, is replacing Jack Binion’s Steak inside the Horseshoe Casino operated by Caesars Entertainment.
Regional Food and Drink owner Josh Alexander told DCist that a proposed 10 percent increase in his rent motivated him to close the Chinatown watering hole on July 11. "It was just too expensive from an operations standpoint," Alexander said of the 15-year-old establishment renowned for its rotating draft beers and staggering catalog of bottled selections. [DCist]
More Filipino food on the way
After a year of hosting pop-ups at a supportive bakery, Kuya Ja’s Lechon Belly founder Javier Fernandez reports that he has signed a lease to open a brick-and-mortar version of his Filipino restaurant in White Flint Plaza (5268-H Nicholson Lane, Kensington, Md.). He told Eater that Kuya Ja’s, which plans to focus on slow-roasted pork, should be open by early 2018.
Liquor laws doomed Grapeseed
Bethesda Magazine reports that Montgomery County Council president Roger Berliner faults stringent liquor pricing controls for the demise of soon-to-close Grapeseed. Grapeseed founder Jeff Heineman estimates that he lost “about $80,000 to $100,000 each year” due to marked up prices.