The Wrap-Up: The Week in Food

Every Friday, we fill you in on what’s been happening in the local restaurant world.

The Washington Post’s Going Out Gurus have good news for those who faithfully endure the long lines at Arlington’s Ray’s-Hell Burger: As of today you can get your fix at lunchtime on Fridays starting at 11:45, and as of last night you can also bite into the ten-ounce patties in the bar and lounge at Ray’s the Classics in Silver Spring. Cheese-heads, beware: The full selection of milky toppings won’t be available, but after seven months without liquor, Ray’s Maryland outpost is pouring the hard stuff again.

Speaking of Ray’s, the Post announced this morning that restaurateur Michael Landrum will be opening a fourth location—Ray’s the Heat—this time in an underserved location: Come April, DC’s Ward 7, east of the Anacostia River, will get its second sit-down restaurant. (Denny’s was the first.) No word yet on the concept, but in the Ray’s family, red-meat juices are always flowing.

Downtown lunchers, rejoice! DCist reports that Pedro and Vinny’s, your favorite street-food cart, will once again serve its veggie burritos on the corner of 15th and K streets. Last November, when owner John Rider whispered news of selling the pint-size silver wagon, devotees were devastated. In a phone interview, he said he plans to open late next week with the full lineup of hot sauces.

Don Rockwell confirmed rumors that the fiery Gordon Ramsay will take over the Tysons Corner Ritz-Carlton restaurant space, formerly known as Maestro. Although he has impressive cooking credentials—12 Michelin stars—most know him as the malicious hissy-fit-throwing star of TV’s Hell’s Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares.

Last week, former 1789 chef Ris Lacoste finally sealed the deal. More than two years ago, the longtime chef announced she was going to open her own restaurant. On Monday, August 25, she signed a lease for Ris restaurant, slated to start serving next spring in the Residences at the Ritz-Carlton in DC’s West End.

Phyllis Richman spent 25 years admittedly complaining about restaurants as the Post’s food critic. On Wednesday, she gave readers another hearty—but warranted—dose, scorning servers for stealing plates off of tables prematurely. And certainly don’t make the mistake of pouring red wine into a white-wine glass. Geez!

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