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Final Isabella Eatery Opening Is Just Days Away, Plus More Intel

Chef Samuel Kim has left 1789

The still-evolving Isabella Eatery at Tysons Galleria.
Photo by Rey Lopez for Eater DC


The modified version of Mediterranean-themed Arroz joined the dining rotation at restaurateur Mike Isabella’s McLean food hall just a few days ago. That leaves the catch-all grand dining room, a reservations-friendly space projected to feature the most popular dishes from select Isabella Eatery stands, as the last piece of the puzzle. A Mike Isabella Concepts aide tells Eater that final component should come online Monday, January 15.

Chef shuffles

After three years behind the burners at 1789, chef Samuel Kim has moved on from the iconic Georgetown restaurant. ”Sam’s leadership was instrumental in helping us with our multi-phase renovation and expansion,” a Clyde’s Restaurant Group spokeswoman tells Eater about the recent departure. She says Kim has relocated to the New York area, and that Clyde’s is on the hunt for 1789’s next leader.

So long, sopapillas?

Hatch Grill, a homegrown New Mexican-style restaurant in Chantilly, Va., is all papered over just months after serving its first green chile burgers. An announcement on Yelp says the fledgling eatery has temporarily closed but is “scheduled to reopen on December 31, 2018.” Calls to the restaurant by Eater have not been returned.

Done and done

Washington Business Journal reports that the Mt. Vernon Triangle location formerly occupied by French-themed L’Hommage Bistro is available for lease. Restaurateur Hakan Ilhan shut that place down last summer, promising to freshen things up with a more affordable, trendier dining option — a plan he has since abandoned. A spokeswoman tells Eater Ilhan “is no longer pursuing a new concept to replace L’Hommage.”

L'Hommage Bistro

450 K St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001 (202) 791-0916


1226 36th Street Northwest, , DC 20007 (202) 965-1789 Visit Website

Isabella Eatery

2001 International Drive, McLean, VA 22102 (571) 489-8505 Visit Website