Michael Hartzer In at Teddy & the Bully Bar

Plus: Jack Rose gets a new toque and brunch menu.

Former sous chef Martha Garcia has taken over the kitchen at Jack Rose. Photograph by Kyle Gustafson.

It looks like the Presidential Restaurant Group has selected a chef at its latest restaurant, Teddy & the Bully Bar—and no, it isn’t Sam Kass.
Word came this morning that former Jack Rose chef Michael Hartzer will take the lead on the American shared-plates menu. The restaurant was originally gunning for a inauguration-weekend opening, but it has been pushed back to the spring. 

The Virginia native and former Citronelle chef has apparently been out of the whiskey bar’s kitchen for a number of weeks. Taking his place is former sous chef Martha Garcia. You won’t find any major menu overhauls at Jack Rose, but the saloon is launching Sunday brunch for the first time on February 10, where you’ll find her dishes. The homey fare includes items like an open-faced pork belly sandwich topped with a duck egg, and French toast with bourbon-pecan caramel sauce. Naturally the brown liquor temple will also serve a riff on a Bloody spiked with bourbon and served with a bacon-stuffed olive. 
If the 10th is too long to wait, you can head to Jack Rose on Monday, February 4, for a “brunch for dinner” preview dinner, where $20 gets you a four-course menu of morning delights (reservations recommended).

Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.