Chef Mike Isabella is speaking out to Washingtonian after his first restaurant, Graffiato in Chinatown, went dark this week as rent-related woes surfaced. “We’ve closed down to rethink things,” Isabella told the magazine. “It all hinges on financial decisions.”
Isabella acknowledged that the high-profile sexual harassment lawsuit this spring hurt his restaurants, saying that it hurt ”some less than others.” He explained to Washingtonian that a decision about the fate of Graffiato will happen next week, and the options include closing permanently, reopening with its current Italian-American menu, or reopening as something else entirely (perhaps as a pop-up with a different chef at the helm).
The Washington City Paper crunched the numbers on D.C. love of beets, finding that 31% of 362 restaurants on OpenTable, Resy, and Reserve serve a beet salad.
José Andrés shared with DCist what’s on his book recommendation list, including a book that was loved by his friend Anthony Bourdain.
PoPville spotted signage for both Pho Viet at 11th and Fairmonts NW and Bun DC (Pho Viet’s sister restaurant) at 2905 Sherman Ave,