Lunchbox Headed to Chevy Chase Pavilion

Bryan Voltaggio is set to open a sister sandwich shop to the Frederick location.

You may find sandwiches like this pastrami-and-Swiss on rye from the Frederick location at the new Lunchbox. Photograph by Scott Suchman

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Frederick in Chevy Chase, thanks to chef-restaurateur

Bryan Voltaggio. The toque just opened
last month, which includes everything from a raw bar to pizzas, wood-roasted meats,
and an extensive bar program
in a sleek glass-walled space. Then came the neighboring
Civil Cigar Lounge,
with small plates from the chef and stogies from W. Curtis Draper Tobacconist. Now
the team tells us they will debut a second
in the shopping center later this year.

The original Frederick location of the sandwich shop boasts a menu
that’s both moderately priced and family-friendly—think a $4.50 grilled cheese sandwich
and fruit cups alongside more grown-up options like a wedge salad with barbecue chicharrones
and a slow-cooked pork shoulder sandwich with pickled cabbage and cilantro. Details
are still pending on the new spot, which is being announced in time for the official
reopening of Chevy Chase Pavilion Thursday evening. Streetsense, the design firm behind
Top Chef alum Mike Isabella’s Bandolero
and LivingSocial’s event space, is handling the interior architecture.

Stay tuned for details, and keep your fingers crossed that Voltaggio will bring a
sibling for
Family Meal
to the city sometime soon.

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.