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Ripple Vet Ryan Ratino Is Opening Bresca on 14th Street This Fall

The new restaurant plans to blend fine-dining and casual fare

Chef Ryan Ratino (center right) is developing new restaurant, Bresca.
[Ryan Ratino]

Just weeks after shutting down critically acclaimed Ripple in Cleveland Park, chef Ryan Ratino is back in action, this time plotting a personal restaurant dubbed Bresca that is expected to feature both fine-dining and casual cuisine.

Washington Post restaurant critic Tom Sietsema broke the news about Ratino’s first solo project during the Post’s weekly dining chat, noting that Ratino had shared plans to have the self-styled restaurant in place — with some help from Colada Shop co-founder and fellow minibar alum Juan Coronado — by September:

The Ohio native's changing menu will include dishes from his youth (picture walleye pike) as well as sea urchin linguine with summer truffles. Bresca, Ratino says, is Spanish for honeycomb, its hexagon shape evocative of strength, efficiency and harmony.

Ratino confirmed the career change on social media, writing, “Very excited to move forward on this project with our talented team!”

Ratino’s new restaurant, which is taking over the space beneath Policy, will be located at 1906 14th Street NW — roughly a block away from Masa 14, the last place he worked before taking the reins at Ripple.