Washington City Paper’s Tim Carman and other DC writers have been on a blogging frenzy! Are the rumors true?
Will Michel Richard, one of the DC’s most celebrated chefs, move his “home” base to the Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner? Will he will open a new, fine-dining restaurant in the former Maestro space? Will Citronelle move from it’s current Georgetown location?
It’s not clear yet what the move could mean for Citronelle or Richard’s current home at the Latham Hotel, but the news has certainly created a buzz on the streets or DC Foodies.
Tim Carman and Todd Kliman have indicated that it’s true that Michel Richard Restaurants is seeking nearly $2 million to develop the 5,000-square-foot, 110-seat restaurant inside the Ritz. Kliman said in his Tuesday chat, “I’ve got a guy who’s got copies of the floor plans for the space and a draft of the partnership structure for the new venture.” In this so called packet of information that was given to potential investors last week there are “plans to enter into a 10-year primary lease on or about April 30, 2009″ for the dining space made famous by chef Fabio Trabocchi, who left Maestro in September 2007.
Carman is quite the investigative reporter. Evidently, this detailed investor packet includes the return address on the mailer envelope, Michel Richard Restaurants, 1700 Tysons Blvd, McLean; the address of the Ritz-Carlton.
This will an interesting tibit to follow in the next several weeks. Stay tuned Dining in DC!