• Top Chef DC premiered Wednesday, and while we saw a packed house at Good Stuff Eatery, there weren’t similar crowds nationwide. In the Washington Post TV Column, Lisa de Moraes says 1.8 million people tuned in, the smallest premiere audience for the cooking show since its inception in March 2006.
During filming, judge Gail Simmons told Grub Street that she ate good meals at Cork, CityZen, Sou’Wester, Oyamel, Jaleo, Zaytinya, Palena, and Komi. That’s a lot of eating to squeeze in between, um, eating for her job.
• We learned through a press release that Xavier Cervera, owner of the new Chesapeake Room in DC’s Barrack’s Row, is working on an 80-seat restaurant nearby. The new place, called Senart’s Oyster House, will take up residence at 520 Eighth Street, Southeast.
• There’s an expansion in the works for Hank’s Oyster Bar, the popular but tiny seafood spot in DC’s Dupont Circle. Borderstan has all the technical information about liquor licenses, alcohol administrators, and cranky neighborhood representatives.
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