Food News Review: Sushi Bar Bans Kids, Voltaggio’s Book Deal, Chef Changes Galore

Plus: Goodbye, Sugar Magnolia; hello, another speakeasy.

Milkshakes at Reston-bound Ted’s Bulletin. Photograph by Chris Leaman.

Del Ray Patch brings news of a new sushi bar designed exclusively for the 18-and-over set. [Del Ray Patch]

Publishers Marketplace announces Bryan Voltaggio’s new book deal. Home will be the title of the Range toque’s new tome “showcasing Voltaggio’s take on home-cooked comfort food.”

Alex Baldinger of the Washington Post reports that Ripple’s storefront, Sugar Magnolia, will become a 12-seat dining room for the Cleveland Park restaurant. The shop displayed sweets—brownies, ice cream sandwiches—by pastry chef Allison Reed. Reed has no plans to leave Ripple, but you should probably go get her frozen chocolate parfait on the dessert menu soon anyway. Because it’s amazing. [WaPo]

Our own Todd Kliman scooped the news that press-shy chef Rob Weland has left his post at Cork on 14th Street. Founding head Cork cook Ron Tanaka, last seen cheffing at New Heights in Woodley Park, will help transition manager Kristin Hutter into the top kitchen job; his new Shaw restaurant is due to open in June. [Washingtonian]

The bottled cocktail trend has officially hit Washington, reports the City Paper’s Jessica Sidman. [Young & Hungry]

Michael Bonk, erstwhile executive chef at Sonoma, takes over for Garret Fleming at the Pig, the pork-besotted eatery from EatWell that’s also on 14th Street. [Washingtonian]

So what’s Fleming up to? He’s going to open a gastropub in an “edgy” DC neighborhood, he tells Eater DC. The name remains under wraps. [Eater DC]

You know what Dupont Circle needs? An après-ski spot and a speakeasy. No? “Yes!” say the owners of the NLA group. They’re bringing Kabin—a chalet-inspired situation—to the second level of 1337 Connecticut Avenue, Northwest, and the Shepherd, the speakeasy-style bar, to a property nearby. Look for these to open in May and June or July, respectively. [Young & Hungry]

Tacos everywhere! Boston chef and former Top Chef Masters contestant Michael Schlow has announced a plan to bring Tico to 14th and U, Northwest. [Young & Hungry]

Washington Business Journal tells of a second Stoney’s, makers of a much-loved melted cheese sandwich, headed for the West End. [WBJ]

Meanwhile, Ted’s Bulletin expands to Reston. [Eater DC]