From today on Dcist:
Native Son To Helm “Next Door” Kitchen
The Post reports that Rahman “Rock” Harper — former “Hell’s Kitchen” winner and an Alexandria native — will return to the area to run the show at Next Door, the new U Street space neighboring Ben’s Chili Bowl.
Next Door is slated to open in time for the Inauguration. Harper, who in 2007 managed to skirt Gordon Ramsey’s caterwauling long enough to win $250,000 and a job at Green Valley Ranch Resort in Vegas, was previously the Executive Chef at B. Smith’s in Union Station. Harper’s arrival also signals a slight change in direction for the space — Next Door had been looking like a long bar featuring little more than Ben’s staples. But with Harper at the helm, the space is looking at installing tables and significantly upping the menu selections.