By Michelle Lancaster. You can follow her and let her know your news on Twitter @MichLancaster. Email her at michellel[AT]borderstan.com.
While the Tabard Inn got most of the ink for its dining and cozy ambiance, a number of DC residents favoring a romantic meal reminiscent of a of a cafe in some European city flocked to Iron Gate at 1734 N Street NW. Towards the end of its life (it closed in October 2010), the meals could be uneven but the service and setting were nearly always perfect.
The Washington Post reports that both of those problems may be resolved by the new chef/co-owner, Tony Chittum. He comes from Vermillion in Alexandria and previously led the Italian kitchen at Notti Bianche. Expect the name, ivy and charm to stay the same – but you’ll have to wait a bit to eat the Italian and Greek offerings.
He’s taking six months or so to get ready, practice dishes and visit Greece. Unfortunately, six months puts the opening right around… November. Brrr.