The Source Will Close in August for a New Look and Menu

Hot pot tables, roving soup carts, and family-style dishes to come.

The Source will close for renovations--and a new menu. Photograph by Scott Suchman

The Source by Wolfgang Puck, a top player in Washington’s fine dining scene since 2007, will close temporarily for a fresh look and new menu on Monday, August 3rd.

As of now the restaurant is divided into two levels: a first-floor izakaya, and second-floor dining room that offers pricey a la carte items and an optional tasting menu. The revamp will bring a wok station and new focus to the sidewalk-level space, which will serve riffs on Chinese classics. The more formal section of the restaurant above will offer a hot pot tasting menu from chef Scott Drewno, where guests will cook a progression of dishes themselves in broths like spicy Sichuan peppercorn. A portion of the new menu will also focus on shareable large-format dishes, such as the kitchen’s signature Chinese lacquered duckling served two-ways. Twists on classic soups will be ladled table-side from a cart.

Los Angeles-based designer Waldo Fernandez is behind the new design in both the lounge and dining room. Stay tuned for more details closer to the date.

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.