Blue Ridge Opens June 1st

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The long awaited grand opening of the new Glover Park neighborhood restaurant Blue Ridge is finally happening, June 1, 2009. This new venue of Restaurateur dynamic-duo, Eli Hengst and Jared Rager has been eagerly anticipated ever since late March when it was announced that former Hook Executive Chef, Barton Seaver was tapped to be the new Executive Chef. Seaver known for his commitment to sustainable food practices, plans to incorporate seasonal and farm-to-table techniques emphasizing “whole animal” cooking and locally sourced ingredients from the Mid-Atlantic region.

Co-owner, Jared Rager, is well known for his involvement in several restaurants in the Washington, DC area, such as Bethesda Row’s Redwood and Sonoma Wine Bar on Capitol Hill, which won the 2007 Best Neighborhood Restaurant RAMMY and recognized in 2009 by the Washingtonian as one of Washington DC’s best bars. Rager was once an owner of Mendocino Grille and Wine Bar, but has since shifted his attention to Redwood and the new opening of Blue Ridge. Rager’s partner, Eli Hengst, was involved in Sonoma and Redwood; however, recently sold his stake in Redwood. Once slated to join Blue Ridge, Justin Guthrie will no longer be tending bar, having taken a position as the beverage director for JeanGeorges Vongerichten’s new W Hotel (3307 M Street in Georgetown). 

The 185 seat restaurant situated in the carefully restored century-old row house (2340 Wisconsin Ave) aims to be bart-sitting1a neighborhood gem including tranquil pond and Oriental inspired gardens. The layout and design of Blue Ridge will feel somewhat fimiliar, including exposed brick walls, as diners enter through the bar to the main dining room, similiarly to Sonoma and Redwood which were designed by GrizForm Design who was the architect of record on the project. The restoration of Blue Ridge spanned through the winter and into the spring of 2009 in a hands-on collaboration between co-owner, Eli Hengst and Washington-based design firm, CORE, under the direction of principal Peter Hapstak. The restaurant is modeled after a turn-of-the-century Shaker farmhouse, however, the lounge above the large dining space is more modern featuring a gorgeous faux fireplace and leather appointed chairs. This space may also serve as private event space.

“The menu will highlight seasonal mid-Atlantic cuisine, focusing on products from the Blue Ridge extending from southern Pennsylvania down to the northern edge of Georgia. Guests can anticipate simple plates and presentations, local artisan cheeses and house-cured meats from throughout our region,” states Barton Seaver.  “I believe that it is the local, neighborhood restaurants that define a city’s cuisine, and I’m excited to bring my Washington background and roots to Blue Ridge and another DC neighborhood I love.” Chef de Cuisine John Murphy and Executive Sous James Chase will be running the operation with Barton Seaver on a daily basis.

Appetizers are very reasonably priced; between $5 and $10. Entrees will range from $12 to $20. The new restaurant will be open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner, beginning June 1st. See Menu

I can’t wait to try the new restaurant! I’ll be there for on Wednesday, June 3, 2009 to check it out!For additional information or reservations please call (202) 333-4004 or visit www.blueridgerestaurant.comBlue Ridge is located at 2340 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20007

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